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Kabul jobless youths decry govt’s unconcern

By Akhtar M.Nikzad-KABUL: Tens of girls and boys gathered in front of the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) to protest widespread unemployment.

The protest was organized by the Movement against Unemployment, civil society activists and tens of unemployed youths.

The protestors were chanting slogans of ‘negligence of government officials have compelled youths to escape their country’, ‘We want job’, ‘13 million people are jobless’ and ‘unemployment is the main reason behind migration of youth to foreign countries’.

The protestors had also hoisted red card and said that they give red card to the government for its performances.

The demonstrators accused the MOLSAMD of negligence and stressed that 13 million people are unemployed and the government is yet to take any action.

Hafiz Akhgar, a member of the Movement against Unemployment, said that they staged the protest to give vent to their anger against the government for its negligence in creating job opportunities for unemployed youths.

Around 50 days ago the movement launched a sit in before the parliament to urge the lawmakers to address the challenge of joblessness.

He said that widespread unemployment leads to drug addiction, insecurity and illegal immigration of youth to foreign countries.

He urged the government to find solution to the problem. The protestors warned to continue their protests, if the government failed to meet their demands.

They accused the government of nepotism and alleged that employment process in government administrations is not transparent.

Widespread unemployment compelled hundreds of youth to migrate to foreign countries in the past one year.

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