Afghanistan: Economic devastation rivals security woes

Taliban gains underscore President Ghani’s tumultuous year in office, but the economy is also weighing the country down.

Kabul, Afghanistan – It’s hardly been a stellar first year in office for President Ashraf Ghani.

Security is quickly deteriorating, a stagnant economy has resulted in sky high unemployment, and tens of thousands of citizens are fleeing the country in search of a better life.

The president’s first day on September 29, 2014 was spent at a school talking with students about their future. Later he visited wounded soldiers in Kabul’s military hospital to lend support. He even listened to prisoners voice complaints at the Pul-e-Charkhi maximum-security prison.

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