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Sunday, December 18, 2016
Kabul (BNA) Ten welfare projects implemented and inaugurated in Panjshir province.
The projects included constructions of school building, health centers and water canals, was implemented by Ministry of Counter Narcotics in Panjshir province.
Ahmad Zia Paryani head of counter narcotic of Panjshir told BNA, the projects completed with the cost of one hundred ten million Afghanis.
He added, it’s due that in the next year the projects will be expanded in Panjshir.

Saturday December 17, 2016
Kabul (BNA) According to the constitution of Afghanistan, the government is responsible to provide job opportunities to citizens to remove poverty and unemployment.
But, will the government act based on the said issue? And will it solve the current problems? In fact, we all know that today one of the most important challenges in the country is unemployment after security. Currently, the people are stuck in challenges and the parents of the families are mostly concerned over joblessness of their sons and daughters. Unfortunately, most of the university graduates, after receiving their bachelor degrees, start looking for a job, but majority of them don’t succeed in this regard. Based on statistics, unemployment is the main factor behind increasing crimes in the society. Regretfully, we can see there are hundreds of unemployed people who are waiting for someone to take them for work on the avenues, particularly in Kota-e-Sangi, Deh Keepak and other areas of the Kabul city. Most of them even wait until evening, but unfortunately, they go to home with empty hands and hungry stomach. However, billions of dollars have poured into Afghanistan, but unfortunately, the number of unemployed people have not only decreased by increased considerably.
According to the economic experts, the number of unemployed people have increased by 30 percent. The findings suggest, if serious attention is not paid, the number will reach to 40 percent until the end of this year. The leaders of the National Unity Government (NUG), during their electoral campaigns have vowed to do much for economic growth of the country, but nothing tangible done so far. The ministry of economy has taken effective measures to uproot poverty and unemployment, but what the ministry of social affairs have done so far are not satisfactory to people. Besides, lack of job opportunities to elites and university graduates have caused brain drain in the country which is a matter of concern to the government. Therefore, the government should provide job opportunities to youth so they don’t leave the country for abroad and rescue the country from the current challenges.
Liluma Noori

Thursday December 15, 2016

Mazar-e-Sharif City (BNA) USD 2000 have been distributed by refugees and repatriation department with cooperation of UNHCR to 800 war-torn displaced families in northern Balkh province.
Abdul Qader Saboori head of refugees and repatriation department of Balkh told BNA reporter, the families due to recent wars were displaced from Kunduz, Faryab, Sar-e-Pul and Baghlan provinces, which identified following a survey conducted by a team of this department and representative of UNHCR.
UNHCR has pledged to assist other displaced families in next six months, Saboori added.
It is supposed that, USD 2 million will be distributed for 10000 displaced families in north and northeast of the country.

Thursday December 15, 2016

In order to meet the extraordinary needs of returning Afghan refugees, the United States is pleased to announce that it is providing over $39 million.
It is likely that Afghanistan will take in more than a million returning Afghans by the end of the year. Since January 2016, more than 380,000 registered Afghan refugees have returned home to Afghanistan. In addition to registered refugees, over 600,000 migrants and deportees have returned from Pakistan and Iran. This places a heavy burden on the government in Kabul at a time when it is battling a resurgent Taliban and a growing Islamic State presence. In order to meet the extraordinary needs of returning Afghan refugees, the United States is pleased to announce that it is providing over $39 million. This brings the total U.S. contribution to the Afghan humanitarian response to more than $207 million since the beginning of fiscal year 2016. U.S. funding includes more than $19 million in support for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to help address the urgent needs of these vulnerable individuals, including by providing them with shelter, essential household items, and supplies for winter.
The United States is also providing $20 million to the World Food Program’s Afghanistan Emergency Operation targeting vulnerable returnees and refugees in eastern Afghanistan and people displaced by ongoing war with the Taliban and Islamic State. This response to the World Food Program's recent special appeal for these populations represents enough to serve 548,000 people for nine months. These vulnerable people urgently need the international community’s assistance and support in the coming winter months. The United States urges all countries to contribute the remaining funds still needed for UN humanitarian appeals for Afghanistan.

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