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Life Arts    H4'ed 2/11/10

The Unemployed Men of Afghanistan, PHOTO-ESSAY

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Going into the ninth year of the occupation with a persistent 40-50 percent unemployment rate, here are some photos I took of the men who gather in Sar-e-Chowk, Pul-e-khishtee, and Shahr-e-now Squares in Kabul beginning at 4a.m. on any morning hoping to be picked up for a day's work. The going rate for a day of unskilled labor is about $4 a day, though often the men will bargain down to $1 if they are desperate (again, that's per day, not per hour.) You are lucky if you get one or two days work a week, and you can stand for weeks getting no work at all. These were taken in June of last year. Since the military "surge" nothing has changed.

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Note own painting gear cleaned and ready to work

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Probably 1500 to 3000 men gather in the larger squares on any given day.

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Man in suit could be a book-keeper or accountant looking for office work

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Very calm and patient gentlemen, some wary of having their picture taken. Obviously some kind of community had formed, friendships, food-sharing.

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The author is co-founder of Jobs for Afghans, a peaceful solution to the war.
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Ralph Lopez majored in Economics and Political Science at Yale University. He writes for Truth Out, Alternet, Consortium News, Op-Ed News, and other Internet media. He reported from Afghanistan in 2009 and produced a short documentary film on (more...)

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