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Afghan journalists are now selling fruits, clothes on the street

13 Nov, 2021
The Afghanistan National Journalists Union raised concerns over the unemployment of a number of journalists in the country. VOA/ File photo
The Afghanistan National Journalists Union raised concerns over the unemployment of a number of journalists in the country. VOA/ File photo

Afghan journalist Hasib Yousefi has worked for various media outlets in Afghanistan for more than 15 years, but currently he sells fruits on the streets of Kabul to feed his family after raising unemployment and poverty in the country, reported local channel TOLO news.

Quoting Yousefi, the report said, “I have worked for around 15 years in various media outlets. My job was directing and programming and I worked for 10 years at Khurshid TV,” he said.

The Afghanistan National Journalists Union (ANJU) raised concerns over the unemployment of a number of journalists in the country as lack of jobs have forced some journalists to sell fruits on the streets of Kabul.

In the report, ANJU media officer Masroor Lutfi said: “Concerns regarding occupational safety, economic hardship and dozens of other issues have recently threatened the journalist community.”

Another Afghan journalist Bilal Yousufi who worked for a media outlet is also working as a seller on Kabul streets. “After I lost my job, and with the increased level of poverty and misery in our country, with the little money that I had I bought this cart to work and be prepared for the winter,” said Yousufi, according to the report.

Dozens of media outlet in Afghanistan have stopped operating since the Taliban took over the country after 20 years of US-backed government in Kabul. The political changes in the landscape of the South Asian country has led to several issues, including economic and food crisis, unemployment and brain drain.