With the Taliban Take over, Afghans fear for their jobs and money


Ms. Latifa Alizada was the sole earner for her family, supporting her three young sons and unemployed husband as a nurse at one of Kabul’s leading hospitals. She, too, is jobless and concerned about the future since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan’s capital.
The 27-year-old quit her job at Jamhuriat Hospital when the hardline Islamist organization stated she would not be paid and set regulations requiring her to wear a face cover and be separated from her male coworkers.
“Because there is no pay, I have left my work. There is no remuneration in any way, shape, or form “She stated this while holding the hands of two of her children, who were chewing on sweetcorn cobs.
“If I go there, they tell me, ‘This kind of attire is not appropriate for work.’ Working with males is not a good idea. ‘Collaborate with women.’ “This is unthinkable,” she told AFP in a Kabul street bazaar. “Because we are medical workers, there is no distinction between men and women for us.”Afghans like Ms. Alizada are concerned about the Taliban’s plans.
Market prices for food have increased, as has the cost of gasoline, and there are fewer possibilities to generate money. The United Nations warned this week that costs for essential items in Afghanistan were skyrocketing.
“There are worries of food shortages, increased inflation, and a currency depreciation, all of which will exacerbate the humanitarian crisis across the country,” says the report. Many government services are no longer operational, and the international community, which has traditionally supported Afghanistan’s aid-dependent economy, is hesitant to provide funds. Money is in scarce supply. The Taliban has given drastically disparate wages in various functioning sectors.
A former customs employee who did not want to be identified told AFP that he had spent more than seven years working at the Spin Boldak border crossing with Pakistan for security reasons.
He used to make around US$240 (S$323) a month under the former administration, but the Taliban stated they would only pay him US$110.


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