Our second day in Afghanistan, which we were able to enter after a grueling trip … The Taliban forces are very concerned about security. He constantly asks for our documents at the checkpoints which they set up at short intervals. Despite the chaos and fear in the country, daily life in the regions of the past continues, albeit with difficulty. We witnessed long lines outside every bakery we encountered along the way. Everyone has bread on their knees… Again, Afghans are lining up in front of the water wells in some places with containers in hand.
Neighborhood markets began to open after being closed for a few days. Traders in the bazaar and bazaar say their business has deteriorated a lot and they are even struggling to pay their expenses. While the banks are still closed, there is a shortage of liquidity in the public. No one can help each other because everyone is suffering from the same problem. The poor performance of the economy was also reflected in prices. While locals said that the price of 5 liters of oil was once 500 Afghanis (around 50 TL), it is now worth 1200 Afghanis (around 120 TL). Nowadays there are no more goods inside and outside the country as before. This is why the products sold in the markets are limited.
QUIET NIGHTS …
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Chaos reigns in government offices and official institutions … Most civil servants do not come to work out of fear. As a result, the affairs of the state are also interrupted. At night, there is no one in the streets. Only the Taliban forces on patrol stand out. Most of the streets and alleys are covered with dust and dirt, some streets are covered with mud. Afghan children laugh and play without knowing anything.
HOPE AND FEAR AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE
Besides women, another group facing uncertainty in Afghanistan are young people who have never seen the Taliban administration before. After the American invasion of the country, young people who were educated without a repressive regime are reluctant to give up the freedoms they have acquired. And they believe that not everything can happen all at once like their parents told them. They were born in an Afghanistan without the Taliban and for the first time see armed militants patrolling Kabul. In short, they are not very desperate, but they are afraid. Especially those who have had contact with foreign governments and non-governmental organizations before … These young people say they delete all their emails and posts on their social media accounts. There are even those who burn certificates from US-funded development programs. Because they are trying to destroy all the evidence that would betray them.
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WINDOW ON THE EXTERNAL WORLD: THE INTERNET
Of course, unlike the previous Taliban administration, there is also a new window in which young people open up to the outside world; smartphones and the internet … Almost everyone has a smartphone and tries to follow developments closely. So much so that under the previous Taliban regime there was only one state radio, but today there are around 170 radio stations and dozens of TV stations broadcasting across the country, and over 100 newspapers are published …
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TEACHERS AT WORK
In Kabul schools, female teachers continue their duties and female students continue their studies. While co-education continues in a secondary school, it should be noted that all the students wear a white scarf. Likewise, teachers attend classes wearing scarves and masks. Long queues of trucks and trucks stranded at Taliban checkpoints at the entrance to the city are also slowing the supply chain. Measures against the pandemic in Kabul have been overshadowed by the political crisis in the country.