Society and norms – Class Differences

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In this video by the Canadian Broadcast Company, you will hear about the living conditions of the Hazara.

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Afghanistan has an estimated unemployment rate of 40%, and many employed are working for just a dollar a day. President Karzai acknowledges the newly rich are either opium drug lords or corrupt government officials.

The growing division between the poor and the wealthy is creating an atmosphere of frustration, desperation and disgust. It is also playing into the hands of the Taliban who continue to present themselves as an alternative source of government. Most Afghans do not favor a return of the Taliban, especially in the cities, but more and more people are recalling the Taliban rule as a time of brutal but honest government. Many Afghans are hoping that change will come after the 2009 presidential elections.

Of the poor in Afghanistan, few are poorer than the Hazara, the Shi’a minority that routinely faces discrimination and even violence at the hands of their fellow Afghans. Many Hazara have moved from their Bamiyan home province to the cities in search of work. With jobs of any kind in short supply, the Hazara typically wind up with the worst and lowest paying job or no job at all.

 

 

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