CLOSED CAFÉ, LOTS OF MUSIC, THE ONLY CRICKET ENTERTAINMENT
Social life and life in Kabul have fallen into the shadow of the Taliban. While the clothes of the young people change, everyone now walks around in local clothes. Crowds continue at all hours of the day in the streets of Kabul and in the bazaars. However, with the twilight, silence dominates the streets and streets. There is very little traffic on the roads … Restaurants and local food outlets on the street have closed their closing hours from 11:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
It is possible to see women in the streets of Kabul, but not in large numbers, in the bazaars. With the arrival of the Taliban, most women wear the burqa when going out. A small number of women also walk around, covering their hair with scarves. As soon as the Taliban set foot in the city, cafes and concert halls, where a small number of young people hang out in Kabul, were closed. Many places, mainly Italian restaurants, where foreigners go, have been closed and their employees have left the country. Turkish and Istanbul restaurants, which are among Kabul’s most popular businesses, continue to serve. Turkish citizens working in these restaurants were evacuated to Turkey with the arrival of the Taliban. However, the customer rate even for places that remain open has decreased by 80 percent compared to before.
Cricket, which was popular and enjoyed in Afghanistan during the British occupation, is like the country’s national sport.
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YOUTH IN THE FIELD …
The only recreational and social activity of Afghan youth is English cricket, which is almost a national sport in their country. Hundreds of young Afghans gather on the field in Kabul to play cricket. Atol Alim, 21, who we went to playing cricket at the Nadir Pashtun area pitch, said: “Our only entertainment here is cricket. Every day we get together with friends, come here and play. We don’t have any other social events. There were cafes where we used to hang out. They are closed too, no one is saying anything about us playing cricket right now, I don’t know what’s going to happen next, ”he said. Concern dominates the words of Nabi Zainullah, 22: “Young people don’t have much to do here, everyone wants to leave the country. I want it too, but I don’t know how to go about it. We were a little more comfortable at first, now we don’t know what’s going to happen. “
NEW BROADCAST PERIOD ON TELEVISIONS
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About 25 national and local television channels have changed their broadcasting policy. Love and intrigue series have been replaced by television series about history and wars. In Afghanistan, where Turkish television series are popular, television series such as Diriliş Ertuğrul and Establishment Osman are broadcast, while other Yeşilçam television series and films are put on the back burner. Although some channels have changed their broadcasting policies, they continue to broadcast Indian series and films. Likewise, policy changes were made in 6 Afghan newspapers published daily. News close to the Taliban line is used more.
Especially television series watched by female viewers have been deleted.
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COMPULSORY ACCOMMODATION OF 29 HOURS
We had to stop in Jalalabad after 150 kilometers of journey on Sunday, August 29, to cross the PAKISTAN-Afghanistan border post Torkham and go to the capital Kabul. Our vehicle was stopped around 3:00 p.m. Turkish time. We were put on hold by the heavily armed Taliban forces. We asked for permission to go to Kabul, introducing ourselves and explaining that we are journalists and that we come from Turkey. Taliban forces gathered around us and took pictures with us.
As we awaited our release after this approach, we were taken to headquarters with instruction from their commander, whom they contacted by phone. Our phones and communication tools were confiscated. After dark, we were not allowed to leave our rooms except for basic needs such as the toilet. The next morning, we were interrogated in different rooms, accompanied by an interpreter. After the interrogation, the Taliban commander accommodated us at his breakfast table, saying, “There is no problem, we welcome you”, and said that we would be released. We were released on the evening of Monday, August 30, 29 hours after being detained at the Taliban headquarters, in our opinion, but as “guests” in their view. The Taliban commander, who ordered us to be detained and also personally attended our interrogation, came to us when we left, gave us a hug, took our phone number and kicked us away.
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There are women in the markets and in the streets, although they are few in number.
Chaos in the banks
It is almost chaos in the official institutions as the Taliban have not yet determined the administration and the former rulers have left the country. Official transactions are not possible. In front of the banks there are long queues of people who want to withdraw money. Those waiting in front of the banks under the control of the Taliban forces are taken care of in groups of 5 to 10 people. The Afghans say: “We’ve been in line for 4 days, we don’t know what’s going to happen” …
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There are long lines in front of the banks.
DECREASE IN THE RATE OF THEFT AND CRIME
Before the Taliban, theft and pick-pocketing were among the biggest problems in Kabul. Thefts fell to zero due to fear of the strict rules and the Taliban’s method of punishment. Fear of being punished by Sharia rules, crime rates have fallen to almost nonexistent.
THE DOCTORS HAVE LEFT THE COUNTRY
It is reported that many doctors and health workers left the country with the arrival of the Taliban. As hospitals continue to serve, the number of health workers, especially doctors, is insufficient. Taliban forces stand guard at the entrances and exits of all hospitals. People appointed by the Taliban as hospital supervisors also walk around the hospital with guns in their hands. The drug shortage in the country is at an advanced level, and health professionals are waiting for a solution to this situation.
MESSAGE ON THE WALL OF THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY …
A photograph of a young Afghan girl depicting modern-day Afghanistan is seen with the inscription “I am the future of Afghanistan” on the wall of the abandoned United States Embassy.
TRADE ATTENTION …
In central Kabul, traders complain about the fall in their jobs. They say that most of the time they close their businesses without making a start.
Training, which had been suspended in Kabul, has recently resumed.