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Reaction from Afghanistan to UN survey on corruption

Boy in Orgun, Afghanistan
The survey found that one in three Afghans said corruption was the norm

A report by the UN has found that corruption is seen by ordinary Afghans as the biggest problem in the country. It says that 60% of Afghans are more worried about corruption than insecurity or unemployment.

The findings contrast sharply with a recent BBC survey in which the economy appeared to top Afghan concerns.

People in Afghanistan have been sending in their reaction to the report and their views on the country's most urgent problems.


Corruption is common in Afghan institutions. The police, judiciary and government agencies are the areas where you must pay in order to make things happen.
Walid, Mazar-e-Sharif

People will even go to the Taliban to solve their problems
Mohiburahman Iqbal

Bribery is a part of normal life for the Afghan population, but the matter of real concern is that the image of the government for ordinary Afghans, especially those in areas where war is going on, is one of corruption. People will even go to the Taliban to solve their problems. We need to look at these reports and develop government policies, procedures and programmes that will bring less bureaucracy and corruption.
Mohiburahman Iqbal, Kabul

The UN and the EU are giving support to the local barbaric warlords. We Afghans want the UN to take steps and provide us with justice by dragging the warlords towards the International Criminal Tribunal.
Kamal Dardman, Kabul

The report is not based on facts - here in Afghanistan, corruption and bribes start right at the top and continue through ministers, governors and generals. We need changes at the top in order to stop corruption and bribes. We know very well that the international community won't take any action.
Abdul Baseer, Kabul

I think that corruption in Afghanistan is increasing due to the fact that the authorities, who are there to stop corruption, are becoming corrupt themselves. So it starts from grass-root level, like the ordinary traffic policeman, and goes on to the ministers. Everyone is corrupt and everything has a price. The scale of corruption is such that nowadays every government, custom and military seat has a price tag.
Nasir Khan, Kabul

I have experienced this corruption first hand. On my visit to Kabul International Airport we had to pay two small bribes to the police to avoid being searched, even though travelling in a registered VIP vehicle which is allowed to drive virtually to the airport entrance. In addition I know of several people who have "bought" their way out of prison, and others with more high profile status who have been able to bribe prison officials in order to have their own private cell.
Carl, Kabul

Corruption is deep-rooted in the system
Abdul Malik Niazi, Kabul

I think corruption is deep-rooted in the system. Unless it is tackled, we will not be able to build the country. If we manage to fight this mother of all ills, I am sure we can bring both economic stability and security to the country.
Abdul Malik Niazi, Kabul

Corruption has become the main impediment to development in Afghanistan. The increasing number of security incidents is a result of corruption and people's frustration with their rulers. Huge amounts of aid has been delivered but no real change has been noticed to the living and economic conditions of the people in Afghanistan.
Shafeeq, Kabul

I think one of the problems is that the armed forces and the international community support some of the bad guys in the government. They know some of the officials who are corrupt but they don't get rid of them. They simply say that it is an Afghan problem.
Menhaj, Kabul

It is daily routine for officials to take bribes - I believe ordinary police soldiers get 200USD per week as bribes according to my survey of many officials that I have asked on a friendly basis. I have also witnessed many cases of employees taking bribes in police stations and the supreme court.
Hamraz, Bamyan



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