A youth in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, took to the streets on Saturday, half-naked, in protest against the rising insecurity and suicide attacks in the country.
Naked from the waist up, Ahmad Khalid Bakhshi accused National Unity Government (NUG) leaders of negligence in terms of protecting the people of the country.
Bakhshi says he will travel to other provinces where he will continue his demonstration.
Bakhshi walked almost 500 meters from Balkh provincial council to the Shrine of Ali, in a winter chill of about 9 degrees Celsius.
“We don’t have food, no security and no jobs so what should us youth do here; our young work forces are leaving the country, and it will take a long time to rebuild the work force; why do the authorities not pay attention to us? Because of this I protested half-naked,” Bakhshi said.
Bakhshi said he is also concerned about the youths silence against injustice and insecurity. He said he has a message for the youth.
“Wake up youth; Afghanistan needs you and you are the ones who can bring the broken ship to the coast; this is forty to fifty years that we have this misfortune (of war) because young people keep silent,” Bakhshi added.
A number of youths in Balkh welcomed Bakhshi’s move and emphasized the need for authorities to prevent terrorist activities in the country.
“Today our educated people are sacrifices and today we are subject to violence and some in politics are using us as sacrifices,” said Zarifa, one young Mazar resident.
“It is time to tell government leaders that there has been enough oppression; work should be done for the youth, but every day we sacrifice our youths,” said Khalida, another resident.
Bakhshi said his message to the country's leaders was that they should stop sacrificing the youth for their political goals and instead they should work towards achieving justice in the country.