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Type Journal Article - Journal of Peacebuilding & Development
Title Youth Interrupted: The Consequences of Urban Displacement for Young Men and Women in Afghanistan
Author(s)
Volume 11
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
Page numbers 68-82
URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15423166.2016.1230023
Abstract
In conflict-affected countries there is a trend of rapid urbanisation driven by internal migration and displacement.
These countries are also increasingly young. Despite constituting a demographic majority
in urban conflict and displacement-affected situations, youth are often invisible. Afghanistan fits this
dynamic well with two-thirds of the population below the age of 25 and one in four living in cities in
so-called ‘informal settlements’ on the fringes of cities, a vast majority with displacement backgrounds.
Furthermore, Afghan youth have had very little agency in conceiving their future and that of their
country. They are viewed as either vulnerable or risk factors for conflict, with action limited to ‘exit’ or
‘violence’. This article gives urban displaced Afghan youth a voice by telling their story of being caught
between the desire for agency and the real and perceived obstacles that prevent this from happening.

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Schmeidl, Susanne, and Srinjoy Bose. "Youth Interrupted: The Consequences of Urban Displacement for Young Men and Women in Afghanistan." Journal of Peacebuilding & Development 11, no. 3 (2016): 68-82.
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