Journal : Global Times (Chinese) Date : Author : Andrew North, translated by Wang Yi Page No. : NA

Based on an article in Nikkei Asia, lamenting the betrayal of the educated youth in Afghanistan by the USA because of its withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan. Extracts:


………..As the situation worsens, more and more young Afghan people are afected by drugs, which are estimated to account for at least 10% of the total population. According to data from the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Afghanistan produced at least 6,300 tons of opium last year, accounting for about 85% of the world’s supply. Sara, a 21-year-old student at Kabul University, said that he had been exposed to drugs for two years. “When I am in a bad mood and want to relax, I will use this with my girlfriend.”

The Taliban hated the so-called “modern life” of young people in Afghan cities. Their leaders stated that if they regain power, drugs will be banned, just as they did when they took control of the country in 2000.

In Afghanistan, residents everywhere found government forces missing. Mousazai said: “The government has failed young people. Too many educated young people are unemployed.” This in turn provides the Taliban with ready-made recruits in rural areas with the highest poverty rates. Nevertheless, Mousazai did not give up hope of avoiding more conflicts. He said: “It is still possible to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.” Neighboring countries and major powers such as China, Russia and the United States will play a key role.

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