Pajhwok Afghan News

Joblessness fueling drug addiction, migration in Nimroz

ZARANJ CITY (Pajhwok): A number of youth in southwestern Nirmoz province accuse the government of ignoring them and not creating jobs for them, saying joblessness has forced many young men into using drugs and migrating to foreign countries.

The Nimroz youth claim the government has forgotten the province due to its remoteness.

Amanullah Barak, a civil society institutes, joblessness and drug addiction were main challenges the youth faced in Nimroz.

“The youth who traveled to foreign countries for work have developed psychological problems or have become drug addicts before returning back to Afghanistan,” he said.

Shamsullah, a jobless man, said he planning to travel to Iran for work. “There is no job opportunity here. The government only makes promises but do nothing. I have to go to a foreign country to work and earn money to support my family.”

Aman, another resident of Zaranj City, the provincial capital, said the government was paying no attention to Nimroz because it was remote province. “The government has not carried out any development project in Nimroz,” he said.

He asked the government to deliver on its promises and provide job opportunities to the people.

Hamidullah Baloch, head of youth affairs at the Nimroz information and culture department, said a lack of higher education facilities in the province was one of the main problems.

He said a large number of youth could not continue their higher education due to the absence of universities in Nimroz.

Baloch acknowledged the government had ignored the youth of Nirmoz and said the number of young drug addicts and migrants would increase if the same situation continued.

On the other hand, Nimroz public health director Nor Ahmad Sherzad said more than 10,000 youth were addicted to drugs in the province.

He said 75 percent of the addicts were those who had traveled to Iran for work, but they were deported.

Currently four treatment centers for drug addicts are active in Nimroz province where 500 people are under treatment, he said.

Ahmad, a resident who guides youth in illegal migration to foreign countries, told Pajhwok Afghan News 20 to 30 vehicles with each carrying 20 youth left the country on a daily basis due to joblessness.

“These youth are first transferred to Chahar Burja district of Nimroz, then to Pakistan and then to Iran to reach Turkey,” he said.

He added each person should pay 20,000 to 30,000 afghanis in car rent and had to travel up to 12 hours on foot. More than 30 percent of the youth leaving the country were educated, he said.

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