Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Friday, April 20th, 2018

The Vicious Circle of Poverty

Our leaders are seamlessly busy in finding solutions to various political issues. Before an issue resolved, another one comes about and it goes on and on. The vicious circle of poverty is hampering development of Afghanistan – no significant attention is being paid to the issue and poverty goes on increasing in here. Although since 2001 billions of dollars have been injected into economy of Afghanistan, the situation still remains quite concerning.

However the rich is getting richer and the poor is getting poorer. The prices of basic necessities are soaring by the passage of each day while the values of luxuries goods are decreasing – this phenomenon is posing countless constraints for the poor section of the country. The population of Afghanistan is lesser as compared to neighboring countries, in spite of that a major portion of population in Afghanistan has to live below the line of poverty.

The overall economic growth rate of Afghanistan is satisfactory but its benefits are not reaching the lower section of the society. Corruption which is very deep rooted in Afghanistan can be conceived a major reason behind this – Afghanistan has been ranked second in corruption after Somalia.

With this condition bringing well being in the lives of Afghans would remain a dream, nothing else. Corruption is a significant cause for the circle of poverty to remain vicious. Despite of having an anti corruption directorate and giving more authority to the officials in the anti corruption commission, no prominent change in the situation is observable.

Terrorism which is the biggest threat to the stability of Afghanistan, the region and international security is bolstered by poverty. Many joined al-Qaeda and Taliban not on basis of beliefs and extremism but because of not having enough to feed their family.

Disappointed from life many unemployed Afghan youths are believed to join insurgents or become involved in poppy cultivation and production. The number of child labors have also gone increasing rather than decreasing.

This clearly indicates that the policies that have been adopted to bolster the living standards of Afghans have flaws in them. The government of Afghanistan and the international community has to ponder about ways of uplifting the well being in the lives of Afghans – this would mean decrease in crimes and opening of a new window towards a prosperous Afghanistan.