Afghans fear for jobs and money after Taliban takeover
As a nurse in one of Kabul’s main hospitals, Latifa Alizada supported her family, providing for her three young boys and her unemployed husband.
Now, since the Taliban invaded the Afghan capital, she too is unemployed and worried about the future.
The 27-year-old quit her job at Jamhuriat Hospital because the outright Islamist group said salaries would not be paid and imposed rules that would require her to wear a face veil and be separated of his male colleagues.
“I quit my job because there is no salary. There is no salary at all,” she said, holding hands with two of her boys who were chewing on the ears. of corn.
“If I go, they tell me ‘don’t work with this style of dress. Don’t work with men. Work with women’. It’s impossible,” she told AFP in a report. street market in Kabul.
“For us, there is no difference between men and women, because we are medical workers.”
Afghans like Alizada are worried about what awaits them under the Taliban.
Food prices have risen in the markets, the cost of fuel has risen, and there are fewer opportunities to earn money.
The United Nations this week warned that prices for basic necessities were skyrocketing in Afghanistan, adding: “There are fears of food shortages, higher inflation and a currency collapse, all resulting in an intensification of the humanitarian emergency across the country “.
Many government services are no longer functioning, while the international community – which has long supported the aid-dependent economy – is reluctant to fund Afghanistan.
– Money is lacking –
In some areas that are functioning, the Taliban have offered very different salaries.
A former customs officer, who declined to be named for security reasons, told AFP he had worked at the Spin Boldak border post with Pakistan for more than seven years.
Under the previous government, he was making around $ 240 a month, but the Taliban said they would only pay him $ 110.
“It is up to you to decide whether you want to continue your work or resign,” the Taliban told him.
The manager said he quit after comparing his salary to the cost of the long commute to work.
The sight of large crowds lining up to enter banks to access cash is now commonplace across Afghanistan.
The country’s central bank only has access to a fraction of its usual funding, cut off from the international banking system and has access to the country’s foreign exchange reserves.
This means that money is tight and the Taliban is enforcing a withdrawal limit of $ 200 per person each week.
In the capital on Wednesday, around 150 men jostled in the midday sun outside a branch of Kabul Bank, where government employees under the last administration were holding accounts.
An armed security guard grabbed an electric cable to use it as a whip in case the crowd got too loud as they lined up for one of the two ATMs.
Abdullah told AFP he had traveled overnight from the northeastern province of Takhar, on the border with Tajikistan, to the branch at dawn – and was still in line in line at noon.
– Worried about the future –
“The problem is that after the fall of the government all the banks were closed,” said the 31-year-old former army commando.
He told AFP that some soldiers like him had not been able to access their salaries in the months leading up to the Taliban takeover in mid-August.
“I was at my job for three or four months. My salary was in the bank and I couldn’t get it,” he said.
Other members of the security forces complained that they were not paid at all in the months before the Taliban took power.
“Since the changes all business has stopped,” he said, sitting on a stool outside his empty store.
“We face a lot of problems. People stay at home because there is no work. There is no one to buy from us.”
With high rents and almost zero income, he worried about looking after his family of five.
“We cannot find the money to feed ourselves. People are wondering how to find their meals, morning and night. Everyone is worried about their future.”
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