The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a report that the number of unemployed people has significantly increased over the past two years in Afghanistan.
According to the report, “in addition to other humanitarian crises, unemployment has damaged the lives of millions of people in Afghanistan. People living with disabilities are among the most affected.”
The ICRC called on the international community and development organizations to resume investing in Afghanistan.
“The ICRC welcomes any decision that will enable Afghan families to better cope with the dire economic condition and calls on the international community and development organizations to resume investing in Afghanistan, to prevent the situation from worsening further,” the report reads.
“A large part of this aid is necessary to be used for large infrastructural and economic projects in order to make the employment environment favorable for the people and to reduce the economic problems of the people,” said Darya Khan Baheer, an economist.
In the meantime, some residents of Kabul asked the Islamic Emirate and relief organizations to provide work opportunities.
“The Islamic Emirate should increase employment opportunities for poor and destitute people,” said Saifullah, a resident of Kabul.
According to the Ministry of Economy, to reduce poverty in the country, it is necessary to invest in infrastructure projects.
“As much as Afghanistan’s economic infrastructure is strengthened, to that extent we will overcome poverty. Our effort is to direct the international community’s aid to infrastructure and development projects,” said Abdul Latif Nazari, the deputy of the Ministry of Economy.
A International Committee of the Red Cross report stated that nearly twenty million people in Afghanistan, which constitutes 44% of the country’s population, do not have access to sufficient food.
Based on the ICRC report, nearly 20 million Afghans (44 percent of the population) do not have enough to eat, and an estimated 34 million Afghans (79 percent) live in poverty.