BBC presenter Yalda Hakim was born in Afghanistan. His family fled the country during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s. However, Hakim was regularly reporting on Afghanistan. Hakim has returned to his homeland for the first time since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan last August.
After returning to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, Hakim had many questions. For example, how much has changed in the lives of Afghans under the Taliban since the overthrow of the Western-backed government? Have Afghans got back the desired peace? What is the future of the country’s women and girls in the new regime? Hakim has tried to find answers to these questions.
Hakim traveled from the country’s capital, Kabul, to Kandahar. A special report on his experience was published on BBC Online on Tuesday. The report paints a grim picture of the lives of poor people in Afghanistan during the Taliban regime.
According to Hakim, the country’s government health workers have not been paid since the fall of the Western-backed government. Yet they are going to work. But their condition is fragile.
Nasreen, a cleaner at the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital in Kabul. He told Hakim that he had not been paid since the Taliban took power. Even then he is going to work every day. He is having a hard time without salary. Many of his colleagues are in the same situation.
“If we don’t come to work, the children in the hospital will die,” Nasreen said. How do we get rid of them? ‘
Nasreen said that she did not have any money in her pocket as she did not get salary. So he walked to the hospital every day. He had to return home after working for about 12 hours. Even then they are working for the sake of humanity.
Afghanistan’s economy has been in deep crisis since the Taliban took power. Afghanistan’s foreign exchange reserves in the United States have been frozen. Donors, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, have cut off funding. The country’s banking sector is on the verge of collapse. The Taliban government has not been able to pay the salaries of government employees due to the financial crisis. Although the Taliban have claimed this month, they have begun paying government workers. However, many like Nasrin have not yet received their salaries.
The United Nations says about 23 million people in Afghanistan are starving. Ninety-five percent of the country’s population does not have enough food.
Nasreen works in the ward of the Kabul Children’s Hospital, where three-year-old Gulnara is admitted. He is so weak that it is difficult for him to keep his eyes open. His eyes are fixed. The hair has become thin. When she wakes up, she cries in pain.
Not only Gulnaras, but many children in Afghanistan are in the same situation now. Hunger and malnutrition are now the constant companions of these children. The winter season is about to begin. In the winter the situation could take a more dire turn. That is why the United Nations has warned that the poor people of Afghanistan are now facing an extreme humanitarian crisis.
However, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shahin blamed the international community for the situation. He says Afghans are now suffering because of the West.
“If they (the West) say that Afghanistan is heading towards disaster, famine and humanitarian crisis, then it is their responsibility to take effective steps to prevent this tragedy,” said Suhail Shahin.
Suhail Shahin added that the international community and other countries, which talk about human rights, should take the lead in the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
Some may or may not agree with the Taliban spokesman on who is responsible for the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. But most observers agree that the solution to Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis could come through international funding.
After the Taliban came to power, international aid to Afghanistan stopped. As a result, the country’s economy is in crisis. The country is responsible for the humanitarian crisis.
A man was sitting on the streets of Kabul hoping to get a job. He told the magistrate that he used to work in a brick kiln. At that time his monthly income was 25 thousand Afghanis. But now he can’t even earn two thousand afghanis a month.
The father of four told Hakim that his children were sick. He does not have the money to treat them or buy them medicine.
“I don’t see any future,” he said, frustrated by the current situation in Afghanistan. Poor families have no future. ‘