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Author Topic: Unemployment Leads Dozens of Youths to Join IS Ranks  (Read 706 times)

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Unemployment Leads Dozens of Youths to Join IS Ranks
« on: March 07, 2018, 12:29:06 AM »

Provincial officials in eastern Nangarhar province expressed concerns over the dozens of youths in the province recruited by Islamic State (IS).

"I have received reports from districts that unemployment, poverty and IS recruiting efforts have led to youths joining the terror group's ranks," Matiullah Ahmadzai, director of Youth Affairs at Nangarhar Department of Culture and Information told VOA.

He expressed "grave concerns" at the prospects of more youths joining IS and other militant groups if job opportunities are not created in the province.

Habibullah Qadiri, head of youth affairs in the restive Achin district, claimed that dozens of youths have joined the militant group, only from his district. VOA could not independently confirm these numbers.

"During the past two years, lack of government attention led to one hundred youth joining IS ranks. They don't have access to schools or Madrasas [religious schools] and they are unemployed." Qadiri added.

Government officials denied the claims and called it "unrealistic".

"The news about dozens of youths joining IS ranks is not true. Youths, especially in Achin district, are supporting Afghan security forces due to government awareness programs," Attaullah Khogyani, a Nangarhar governor spokesperson told VOA.

Exact official statistics for employment rate in the province are not available, however, according to Afghan government figure, the unemployment rate in the county lies between 30 and 40 percent.

Experts say that unemployment is a strong tool for militant groups to recruit youths to their ranks.


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