During the thirty years of conflict and social disruption in Afghanistan, one generation has come of age and another is following close behind. The question of providing employment is crucial to Afghanistan in order for its citizens to achieve a more abundant life. Many letters sent to Radio Azadi question how people can earn a living, how jobs will be created, and how the resources of the country will be developed for the betterment of the nation.

Invest in Afghanistan

The photographs in this album show “Invest in Afghanistan,” an exposition held in Kabul in April 1972. The booths display textiles, soft drinks, pharmaceuticals, plastics, leather, and other products that were manufactured in Afghanistan at that time. Men and women are dressed in non-traditional styles of dress, as the country was opening up to the outside world. The letter on display, recently sent to Radio Azadi, lists the various industries that once employed people in Afghanistan but that no longer exist today. The letter stresses those industries could be revived with some assistance, since the people still have the skills to manufacture products.

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Helping Youth Find Employment

Name: Abdul Karim Khalili
Country: Afghanistan
Province: Ghor
District: Dollat Yar
Current location: Mazar-i Sharif
Language: Dari

Radio Azadi Collection, African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress (039.00.00)

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“Agriculture is a very good source for finding jobs”

Name: Abdul Malek Ajez
Country: Afghanistan
Province: Paktyka
Language: Pushtu

Radio Azadi Collection, African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress (014.00.00)

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Letter from a Disabled Person

Name of scribe: Mohammad Karim Kabir
Written on behalf of: Abdullah Nuri
Country: Afghanistan
City: Kabul
Language: Dari

Radio Azadi Collection, African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress (007.00.00)

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Life in Sanjawand

Name: Mohammad Wali Anwarzai
Country: Afghanistan
Province: Logar
District: Baraki Barak
Language: Pushtu

Radio Azadi Collection, African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress (047.00.00)

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