KABUL: After the collapse of the Republic last year, among the many hardships that befell Afghans unable to make ends meet, the unemployment crisis hurt the Afghan nation most.
Mahmood was one of the thousands of Afghans who, following the collapse, lost his job and had to spend three months in isolation at home.
A former military officer who served in the 209th Shaheen Army Corps until August 15 last year, Mahmood has now opened a juice shop in one of the northern cities to support his seven family members.
He recounts the severe adversities he had to endure to the extent that he sold some of his household items to provide care for his two-year-old and worked as a daily wager for a while.
Since he no longer serves in the Afghan army, he must learn how to attract more customers to his shop. As his fledgling business is gaining traction, he gladly shares that he made a 7,000 AFN profit last month – finally being able to pay for electricity and shop rent, which he says still does not address his basic needs.
According to Mahmood, economic poverty and financial inability have caused him to consider immigration. “I give up on that idea when I talk to my friends in Iran and Pakistan about the living conditions.” He has no choice but to come to terms with the present day and the uncertain tomorrow.
This is while unemployment is one of the main causes of poverty in the country, and the crisis is escalating day by day since the Taliban came into power.
According to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), about 70% of Afghan families cannot make ends meet due to the economic crisis in Afghanistan, as the decrease in income level is one of the causes contributing to increased poverty.
Mahmood urged the Taliban to facilitate employment opportunities for the people in order to enable them to earn a living.