- Title: Afghan youth leaving country due to unemployment - Kabul residents
- Date: 17th September 2021
- Summary: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (SEPTEMBER 17, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF TALIBAN FLAGS TALIBAN BANNERS ON STREET LAMPS VARIOUS OF TALIBAN MEMBERS TALIBAN MEMBER POSING FOR PHOTO WITH MAN MOUNTED GUN (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) KABUL RESIDENT, MOHAMMAD YASIR, SAYING: "Well, the situation is fine right now, but since there are no jobs, these youngsters are leaving for other countries due to unemployment. Some are leaving for Pakistan and some for Iran. There is a lot of unemployment and we hope the Taliban will help us in the revival of our businesses." TRAFFIC (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) KABUL RESIDENT, MOHAMMAD YASIR, SAYING: "Well, if there is no business, I will be compelled to leave. Earlier we were doing well and now, although I am not ungrateful but it's not like the past." TRAFFIC AND PEOPLE ON STREET (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) KABUL RESIDENT, SHARIF ULLAH, SAYING: "Youngsters are leaving for these reasons and issues - unemployment, no business. People are confronted with many issues after the Taliban takeover as there is no business and this is the reason why youngsters are leaving Afghanistan - they are compelled enough to sell their belongings even." VARIOUS OF TRAFFIC AND PEOPLE ON STREET
- Embargoed: 1st October 2021 09:03
- Keywords: Afghanistan Kabul Taliban Taliban flags jobs leaving for other countries unemployment youth
- Location: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- City: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001EV3VNLZ
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- Story Text: Kabul residents said on Friday (September 17) a scarcity of jobs under the Taliban regime had driven many youths to leave Afghanistan to seek employment in neighbouring countries.
Youths were heading to Pakistan and Iran, according to Kabul resident Mohammad Yasir.
After four decades of war and the deaths of tens of thousands of people, security has largely improved, but Afghanistan's economy is in ruins despite hundreds of billions of dollars in development spending over the past 20 years.
Poverty and hunger have spiralled since the Taliban takeover, and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told an international aid conference this week that Afghans are facing "perhaps their most perilous hour." Donors at the conference pledged more than $1.1 billion to help Afghanistan.
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