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IEA rejects Gallup survey suggesting Afghanistan is least positive country

(Last Updated On: June 29, 2023)

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) rejected a Gallup report suggesting that Afghanistan is the least positive country in the world.

In the 2022 survey by Gallup – conducted one year after the IEA’s return to power and amid an ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan – 98% of Afghans described their life as poor enough to be considered suffering. This number is even higher than it was in the immediate aftermath of the IEA’s resurgence in 2021, when 94% of respondents described their life this poorly.

Afghanistan remained the country with the least positive experiences by a wide margin, as it has every year since 2017 barring 2020, when the survey was not conducted due to the pandemic, according to the report.

IEA, however, rejects the report.

“For the first time in 40 years, Afghans have physical and mental security and peace. Of course, unemployment and the economic situation all over the world has deteriorated. In Afghanistan, which has experienced 40 years of war, we have problems, but compared to our neighbors, the situation here is better, commodities are cheap, and jobs have been created. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has employed more than 13,000 people in the field of mining alone,” said Zabihullah Mujahid, IEA’s spokesman.