RASC News Agency: Several laborers in Herat province are expressing their concerns about the deteriorating job opportunities under Taliban control in Afghanistan. Gholam Rasoul, a worker from Herat, voiced his disappointment with the current situation in the country, emphasizing the lack of employment programs that could pave the way for a better future in an interview with RASC News Agency on Monday, November 20th. For the past month, Rasoul has been able to work for only three to five days, spending the rest of his time unemployed at home. This dire situation has made him contemplate leaving Herat, but his financial circumstances prevent him from seeking employment in Iran or other countries. Moreover, Rasoul highlights that the Taliban in Afghanistan pays no attention to creating jobs for the people. He also mentions that even in countries like Iran, immigrants are not welcomed, and the low currency value makes it challenging to make a living there.
Adding to the discussion, Mohammad Nader, another laborer from Herat, told RASC News Agency that the country has been facing a long-standing decline in work opportunities and the overall economy. He points out that since the Taliban came to power two years ago, the economic situation and job prospects have significantly diminished. Nader further reveals that along with the scarcity of work, the prices of essential food items have risen. This unfortunate circumstance has deprived his family, especially his children, of proper nutrition, resulting in health issues such as throat infections. Nader concludes that unless the Taliban government addresses the issue of employment and job opportunities for the working class, many laborers will be driven to desperation, possibly even resorting to suicide.
Similarly, Mohammad Naseri, a real estate agent in Herat province, informs RASC News Agency about the significant number of capitalists and traders who have left Afghanistan due to recent developments. This trend of capital flight has had adverse effects throughout society, particularly impacting the working class. Naseri states that construction activities in Herat province have decreased by 70% compared to the previous year. He urges the Taliban authorities to take immediate and substantial measures to boost employment and stimulate the economy.
However, Ramin Olawi, a university professor, conveys his concerns about the consequences of the recent system changes he stated in an interview with RASC News Agency. While there is relative security in the country, the professor asserts that the work and economic not expectations people burdens and challenges faced by the working class are increasing, generating worry and anxiety among them. Urgent action is needed to address these issues and restore hope for a better future.
Mr. Olawi is suggesting that the leadership of the Taliban should actively participate in dialogue and collaboration with regional and international countries to develop infrastructure projects. By doing so, they can create employment opportunities for both the youth and other segments of society. These recommendations come at a crucial time as the Taliban authorities in Herat province have reported some improvements in the employment situation there. It is important to note that Herat province, situated in western Afghanistan, is considered one of the more prosperous provinces in the country. However, the residents of this region continue to express dissatisfaction with the Taliban due to the limited availability of job opportunities.