Poor Afghan women under Taliban rule beg in bakeries to feed kids
The Pajhwok News reported that after the Taliban captured Kabul, poverty in Afghanistan has risen to a point where dozens of women line up in front of bakeries in capital Kabul daily to beg for bread and keep their children alive.
A resident of the Charahi Qambar area of Kabul, Sepna is a widow of a policeman. After her husband’s death, she worked in the house of a businessman who, after the fall of the previous government, fled Afghanistan.
She now begs daily for the survival of her six children. She said, “I beg every day, but often no one gives me money. I stay in front of bakery until late evening so someone donate me some bread because my children stay hungry during the night, I do it due to my obligation.”
There are several like Sepna sitting next to her, waiting for someone to buy bread for them, the report said.
Banafshah is the only breadwinner in her family of ten and her husband is handicapped and unable to work.
She says that it was good in the previous government, people lived well. But now people face with a bad situation, I am obliged to come to the bakery.
Banafshah sits in the second police district of Kabul with other poor women to find some bread to feed her children. “I come here before 5 p.m. and stay here until 7 p.m. until I get 10 breads, then I go home,” she said, as per the report.
She said, “My children stay hungry for days because no one donates to the poor.”
Suhrab, the owner of one of the bakeries in the Dahan-i-Bagh area of Kabul city, said, “Before the fall of (Ashraf) Ghani government, a few beggars used to come every day, but now you can see they stand in lines in front of every bakery.”
“We bake bread three times a day, and we will definitely help them once in three times. There are also other good people who donate bread to these beggars,” he said.
Sobhanallah, a baker in Kabul’s Parwan-i-Dwom area, also said that dozens of women line up in front of their bakery every day so they are donated some bread, the report said.
“Every day in our bakery, 30 to 40 women sit in line to get some bread,” he said. “We help each of them with a few loaves of bread, something we can do, most of these women are poor and widowed.”
He termed the ongoing situation worrisome and said: “The situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating with each passing day, all people earn only enough to feed themselves, there was poverty in the previous government and women used to come here, but it is getting serious now.”
After the fall of the previous regime on August 15, a large number of government and non-government employees lost their jobs, and the salaries of most government employees and non-government institutions are unpaid.
Aside from these problems, the international community also stopped its aid and the United States froze Afghanistan’s assets that creating serious economic problems in the country.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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