The Fall of Afghanistan: Our Aspirations Crashed

I graduated from Kabul University in 2019 with great aspirations, hoping to get a job, complete my education in prestigious universities, be a useful person for my family and community.

I graduated from Kabul University in 2019 with great aspirations, hoping to get a job, complete my education in prestigious universities, be a useful person for my family, society, and country, and many other dreams and fantasies. By the time we received our degrees, Coronavirus outbroke. Witnessing the crisis, I waited for the situation to improve from the beginning of 2020 in Daikundi. Although the situation had become relatively normal in early August, I was delayed. Last year, I left for Kabul in search of my hopes and aspirations. I planned to find a job first and then prepare to continue my studies abroad.

Unfortunately, job opportunities were very limited due to the weakness of the private sector, corruption in the government, and the high number of job seekers. Therefore, our only hope was passing a competitive examination in the Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission to get hired. Although it was very difficult to get a job for the above reasons, we were hopeful and registered wherever we could. Of the dozens of job applications I submitted, I was only asked to take the exam in two cases, both of which were in the electronic ID cards of the National Bureau of Statistics and Information. The rest of the requests were often considered and pending.

Held in November 2020, it was our first recruitment test at the e-ID branch, which had announced 300 vacancies. I was one of 14,000 people who took the exam. In that exam, I was not introduced with a difference of a few scores eligible for employment, but on June 12 this year, I received an email from the National Statistics and Information Office saying that you had been introduced to the agency as a reserve employee. The e-mail stated that you should contact the Statistics and Information Office for employment. We completed part of the recruitment process, which suspended the recruitment process due to the outbreak of the second wave of the Covid-19.

The second exam was held at the same time as the recruitment process mentioned. I did not try so hard and I did not succeed. After the hiring process was delayed, I returned home to Daikundi. I was waiting for the hiring process to start. Until in August, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan suddenly unimaginably fell to the Taliban.

With the fall of the government and the arrival of the Taliban, not only did the hope of finding a job turn into despair but all that I had for the future was destroyed. In addition, the recent rise in prices, especially for food, has made life difficult for people. In Daikundi, the price of flour now is 2,500 afghanis per 50 kilograms of flour, 1,600 afghanis per 10 kilograms of oil, and 260 afghanis per seven kilograms of wheat. At the same time, the people have lost their sources of income and their agricultural and livestock products are not being sold.

The arrival of the Taliban, on the other hand, was accompanied by a change in the socio-political spheres. It is very difficult for me and many of my peers to imagine a restricted environment in which there are no individual freedoms in various areas of life, however, now the loss of everything we had in this area is a bitter reality that we face.

For me, and perhaps for many of my contemporaries, it is impossible to live in a restricted society in which there is only sublime obedience and no place for questioning and criticism. Having an open social and political environment and citizenship rights was most important to us.

That is why most of the young people, after the fall of the previous government, have taken the difficult and dangerous path of illegal immigration, and those who remain are trying to save themselves.

Mohammad Hussain Tawfiqi’s Story, Hasht-e Subh Persian

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