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  • April 28, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Child Malnutrition Mounts in Afghan Province
    IWPR: Rising numbers of children in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar are suffering from malnutrition, according to local health officials, with more than 36,000 in need of assistance. Ahmadullah Faizi, head of public nutrition at Kandahar’s department of public health, told IWPR that their most recent figures, from December 2016, showed that 20,157 children were suffering from moderate malnutrition.      Full news...

  • February 26, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Killid Group: Officials at Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) urged National Unity Government (NUG) to provide citizens with clean drinking water. Abdul Ahmad Farzan, head of the provincial office of the commission in Kabul, said that the government is obliged to supply the nation with clean drinking water.      Full news...


  • October 29, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    At Afghanista’s brick kilns, debt can last generations
    Associated Press: Every day that Dil Agha works at his backbreaking job at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, from before sunrise to well after sunset, he digs himself deeper into debt. He knows he will never be able to pay back what he owes to the kiln owner who lent him a few thousand dollars for a family emergency, and that when he dies, his children will inherit the burden that will ensure his family remains enslaved for generations.      Full news...

  • July 27, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    81% Afghans don’t have job security
    VOA Dari (Translated by RAWA): According to official statistics of the Afghan government, out of 7.2 million Afghans who have jobs, only 19 percent have job security, leaving 81 percent of them without job security. The statistics show that more than 26 percent of the youth qualified for work are unemployed and 400,000-500,000 qualified Afghans enter the job market every year.      Full news...


  • January 10, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Poll: 82 percent of Afghan youths concerned of poverty, unemployment
    Khaama Press: The majority of Afghan youths have picked deteriorating economic situation among the top challenges they face, putting aside the political and security challenges the country is facing currently. According to a latest poll report by Democracy International, up to 82 percent of the Afghan youths believe unemployment and poverty are the most serious challenges they are facing.      Full news...

  • December 26, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Asia’s Least Developed Country Is Afghanistan: UN Report
    TOLOnews.com: The United Nation’s Human Development Office has ranked Afghanistan as 171, out of 188 countries, in the human development index. The report has measured countries’ development based on gender inequality, maternal mortality ratio, adolescent birth rate, share of seats in parliament, population with at least some secondary education and the labor force participation rate.      Full news...

  • October 2, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Unemployment Rate Spikes by 15 Percent in Afghanistan
    TOLOnews.com: The unemployment rate has peaked to 40 percent in Afghanistan, showing a 15 percent increase as compared to the same time last year, officials said Friday. According to Central Statistics Organization (CSO), the unemployment figure for 2015 was only 25 percent. Insecurity, lack of jobs in government and the private sector organizations and a downturn of industries are the main factors behind growing unemployment, CSO officials said.      Full news...

  • August 16, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Dread of war and unemployment
    The Killid Group: Mohammad Naser, Kabul, who considers himself an activist, blames the national unity government for all the present problems. “Problems increased in all areas – for instance security, lack of employment, poor health and social services – as soon as the government came into being. I don’t think anyone is satisfied with this government,” he says.      Full news...

  • June 21, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Poverty drives economic migrants
    The Killid Group: Samiaullah Aminzai, a resident of Nangarhar province, says the worsening violence and economic situation have forced hundreds of families to move to other parts of the country and abroad. He says that his aunt’s son Sulaiman first went to Iran and then to Turkey, and now he is in Greece. He was smuggled into Greece by human traffickers, he confides. His plan is to make his way into mainland Europe, and then send for his family.      Full news...

  • June 4, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Children Forced into Hard Labour
    IWPR: Participants in a series of IWPR-organised debates said that many Afghan children are forced into hard physical labour in order to support their families, and miss out on education as a result. The discussion events held in Nangarhar, Paktia and Helmand provinces heard that children’s basic rights were often ignored.      Full news...

  • May 21, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    60 percent Afghan workers jobless
    The Killid Group: Sixty percent of Afghan workers are jobless, and those who are employed rarely have the assurance of regular working hours in a safe environment. Maroof Qaderi, the head of the Labour Union of Afghanistan says ILO (International Labour Organisation) and CSO (Central Statistic Office) figures show 12 million people qualify as workers in the country.      Full news...

  • May 1, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul labourers rally on May Day to demand jobs
    PAN: On Labour Day, hundreds of labourers on Friday staged a protest demonstration in the capital Kabul, demanding work opportunities. The rally was organized by the National Labour Union aimed at pressing the government to increase wages of labourers. Mohammad Maroof Qadari, the NLU leader, asked the government to implement labour laws, increase salaries of government officials and facilitate workers.      Full news...

  • February 10, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Militants Find Unemployed Make Easy Recruits
    IWPR: Afghanistan’s high rate of unemployment is driving young men into the arms of insurgent groups, speakers at a series of recent IWPR-organised debates agreed. Participants in Paktika, Kunar and Helmand provinces all said that young men often had so few employment options that some travelled illegally to Pakistan or Iran to find work, while others joined an insurgent group.      Full news...

  • January 23, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Forgotten Wars in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq
    The Huffington Post: There is a terrifying enemy threatening civilians in war-torn Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. This is another foe besides the Taliban, Al Qaeda, the Syrian regime or ISIS. It’s a silent menace that may yet be the most powerful. It is hunger. Millions in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq are suffering each day from the lack of food. Malnutrition claims the lives of infants. Those who survive are stunted physically and mentally for life.      Full news...

  • January 13, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Most of 4.2m Kabul residents grappling with unemployment
    PAN: The Central Statistics Office on Tuesday expressed its concern over lack of civic services in Kabul, putting the capital’s population at 4.2 million, most of them unemployed. The findings came in a survey that was conducted with technical support from the UN Population Fund (UNPF) in 2013. Announced today, the study covered 30 districts, including 3,068 areas.      Full news...

  • December 15, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    12 million unemployed in Afghanistan
    The Killid Group: The Ashraf Ghani government’s failure to restore investor confidence by announcing a cabinet and ending political uncertainty has worsened fears of insecurity. With no clear end to the grave economic crisis in the country, millions of jobless Afghans face a bleak future. The National Labour Union (NLU) estimates there are 12 million unemployed. Maroof Qaderi, the chairman, accuses the government of failing people.      Full news...

  • November 11, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan malnutrition - the search for solutions
    IRIN: Abdullah’s wails of pain are punctuated only by his rasping cough. His arms bound to his body, he is five months old but weighs just 3.2kg, lighter than some newborns. In the next bed, three-month old Shukoria looks withered and worn, her face wrinkled and pained. Both are suffering from malnutrition, which affects more than 40 percent of Afghan children, killing thousands every year and leaving millions with permanent disabilities.      Full news...

  • September 11, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan martyr-families continue to suffer as Afghanistan observes Martyrs Week
    Xinhua: Widows of victims of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan have resorted to begging in the streets with their young children forced to do odd jobs in order to survive. This was the harsh reality that the Afghan government has to face as it observed starting Tuesday Haftai Shahid or Martyrs Week to pay homage to Afghans who have lost their lives during the protracted war and instability in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • August 24, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    12 million Afghans earn less than 45 cents a day
    The Killid Group: International Insanity In Afghanistan almost twelve million Afghans live in poverty. Nine million suffer hunger and are in danger of starving. On August 18, the European Union (EU) decided to set aside 125 million euros (167 million USD) to compensate producers for throwing away perishable food items.      Full news...

  • July 29, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Morale at all-time low as EID ‘celebrations’ begin
    Khaama Press: Traditionally, after a month of fasting known as the holy month of Ramadan, the Muslim community celebrates EID days. Normally EID days are for visiting family, relatives and friends and sharing happiness and forgiveness while forgetting any sadness or conflicts.      Full news...


  • July 2, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Stark choice for many Afghans: sickness or debt
    IRIN: The cost of health care is throwing many poor Afghans into a cycle of debt. While most now have access to basic public health care, the quality is so low that many patients seek out private services at a higher cost than they can afford - driving some of them further into poverty.      Full news...


  • February 19, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Jobless man commits suicide
    PAN: A 20-year-old man has committed suicide because of economic problems and unemployment in the Burka district of northern Baghlan province. A school graduate, Shafiullah, shot himself to death with a pistol, his cousin Mohammad Nasir told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • February 12, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Worsening Afghan humanitarian situation
    IRIN: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today launched this year’s Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP) in Kabul, Afghanistan, identifying a worsening humanitarian situation but reducing the appeal to 406 million USD from last year’s 474 million USD. “At the start of 2014, Afghanistan faces an uncertain future, where the political and security transitions are bound to bring about major changes to the country and its people,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Mark Bowden, speaking at the launch event.      Full news...

  • February 6, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Salt and Terror in Afghanistan
    The Huffington Post: Two weeks ago in a room in Kabul, Afghanistan, I joined several dozen people, working seamstresses, some college students, socially engaged teenagers and a few visiting internationals like myself, to discuss world hunger. Our emphasis was not exclusively on their own country’s worsening hunger problems. The Afghan Peace Volunteers, in whose home we were meeting, draw strength from looking beyond their own very real struggles.      Full news...

  • February 1, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan hunger crisis: “One of world’s hardest places to grow up,” says charity
    FirstNews: Across the country over the past few weeks, children have been seen waiting for hours at donation points. Research by the United Nations global peace organisation suggests that 55% – more than half – of children in Afghanistan are failing to grow or develop properly. Experts say that this is because young people in the country are often not given enough food in the first two years of their lives.      Full news...

  • January 19, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Thousands of Afghans face cold, hungry winter as aid goes missing
    Reuters: Thousands of homeless Afghans are huddling on the sides of freezing roads this winter with little shelter and nothing to eat, not far from warehouses stuffed with food. The government’s inability to help - through mismanagement, corruption, or factors beyond its control - threatens the future of a united Afghanistan after an April presidential election and the withdrawal of foreign combat troops by the end of this year.      Full news...



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