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Unemployment Increasing among Educated Youths of Bamiyan Province

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Unemployment Increasing among Educated Youths of Bamiyan Province

A high number of educated young people in Bamiyan are unemployed. They have complained that in spite of investing enormous amounts of money in continuing their education and obtaining qualifications, they are still jobless due to lack of job opportunities in the province.

“It has been more than a year that I have obtained my Masters Degree in Sociology in India, but I still have not been able to find a job” says Mr. Sharif Basirat. Mr. Basirat further added that although political crisis and the increasing insecurity in the nation are important factors of unemployment, lack of honesty from the donor countries side, corruption and usage of links to get a job are also some factors that have escalated unemployment.

According to Mr. Basirat, a new job is given to those who have connections, even if they are not qualified enough for the job. Mr. Basirat is one of the hundred unemployed youths who is troubled about his unemployment. Another young man from Bamiyan, Mr. Saadat, expressed the same concern. He received his Bachelors in Dari Literature last year from Kabul University, but he has failed to find a job. “Every government agency I apply to requires work experience from. If I am not employed anywhere, how am I supposed to gain work experience.” spoke Mr. Saadat.

Reza Qasemi, chairman of Labor and Social Affairs in Bamiyan, says that the exact figure of graduated youths who are unemployed in Bamiyan is not yet available. Last year about 1400 young graduates received their work permit from the Department of Labor and Social Affairs in this province.

Another young man named Khairullah Hamidi, who has just started his higher education, sees unemployment as a social problem that exists all over the nation, and calls on the government to take steps in creating job opportunities for the youths. “If the issue of unemployment in this province is not tackled, migration, brain-drain, and drug addiction among the youths will bump up,” says Mr. Hamidi.

A large number of the population in the province is on drugs, as said by Mr. Hamidi.

According to public health officials in Bamiyan, the majority of the 30,000 drug addicts in the province are comprised of young youths, who have turned to drugs to escape the pain of joblessness.

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