Society and norms – Wealth and Poverty

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This video talks about the high unemployment in Afghanistan and its consequences.

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Following thirty-years of war, Afghanistan’s economy and infrastructure are in ruin.  The vast majority of Afghans live in poverty.  As a result, males are highly susceptible to Taliban recruitment and may serve out of economic necessity as much as anything.

Pashtuns, as a general rule, occupy the higher end of the class spectrum, making up the merchant and land owner class and filling most government and civil service jobs, as well.

The Tajiks also serve as merchants and craftsman. Hazara are at the bottom of the employment scale, doing menial labor.

Some of the wealthiest Afghans are those involved in the illicit opium and hashish trade.

 

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