Fed up with the presence of corruption in the country, the citizens of Afghanistan decided to protest against this by participating in a 5-kilometer long race in the country’s capital, Kabul. The race, aptly titled ‘Move and Fight against Corruption’, was sponsored by the Kabul Municipality and began from right outside the Afghan Parliament. The participants went around the city, running and sending a strong message across.
While it isn’t common to see people running on the streets of Kabul, on the day of the race, many young men came out and raced down the streets. They were surrounded by police and security vehicles as the cause they were supporting wasn’t an easy one. Afghanistan in the 3rd most corrupt nation in the world, with only Somalia and Myanmar scoring above it. Over $8 billion dollars are unlawfully carried out of the country every year and this hurts the government and the financial situations very hard. The government, however, is hopeful that it will end this menace soon with the help of its international partners.
The people of Afghanistan are fast losing their faith in the government and unless some strong measures are taken against the corrupt officials and departments, the situation will not improve. It is however positive to see the citizens getting involved in the fight against corruption. Analysts believe that working together with the citizens and the international partners will help the Afghan government to come out of this situation.
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