Poverty and unemployment are increasing in Kurdistan

The Kurdistan provinces are at the bottom of the list when it comes to GDP. Poverty and unemployment are increasing as the AKP spend most money in building military posts.

Turkey Statistical Institute (TÜİK) has released the list of provinces according to the provincial gross domestic product.

Some of Kurdistan provinces are in the bottom places of the list. In fact, according to the Gross Domestic Product examined in 81 provinces, the provinces of Van, Ağrı, Muş, Bitlis, Hakkari, are to be found at the bottom of the least. While the number of unemployed people in Turkey has reached 4 million 396 thousand, Van and Hakkari are two of the cities with highest unemployment rate.

In the last three places of the list as to province levels of GDP are concerned we found Dersim, Ardahan and Bayburt.

If we take the GDP per capita, the last three places on the lista are occupied by Urfa, Van and Agri.

The highest share of the provincial Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is to be found in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. These three cities alone account for 46.2 percent of the total GDP in 2018.

The war in the Kurdistan region carried out by the AKP-MHP government has a strong negative impact on the region economic, including cross-border trade. The constant banning of access to wide portion of lands and pastures is causing unemployment and poverty to rise.

Because of this ban, tens of thousands of people who made their living with livestock lost their main source of income. Cross-border trade, which is the main source of livelihood in cities such as Van, Hakkari, Ağrı, Iğdır and Şırnak, is banned by the AKP government and is one of the biggest reasons for unemployment.

Another reason is the fact that there are no factories in Van and Hakkari and that most of the AKP's money is used for military purposes. Hundreds of outposts, especially in border towns such as Van and Hakkari, are used for combat and war purposes. Indeed, the AKP in the region use most of the money to build military post and police/military stations.

Unemployment rose to 80 percent due to the AKP's economic embargo on Van and Hakkari. Kurdish youths who go from Kurdistan to Turkish cities to find jobs are often forced to work in construction and agriculture.

Every year, dozens of Kurdish youth working in these two sectors are victims of work-related accidents, at times, fatal. People in the provinces of the region have to struggle against unemployment and poverty.

And unfortunately, poverty and unemployment kill. Mevlüt Dayan (34), who was collecting rubbish at night in the city center of Van to try and get some money, froze to death.