- Title: Kabul residents call for lower prices, more jobs after Taliban takeover
- Date: 24th August 2021
- Summary: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (AUGUST 24, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF ARMOURED VEHICLE WITH TALIBAN FLAG NEAR DESERTED BRITISH EMBASSY VARIOUS OF BARBED WIRE, CONCRETE BARRIER TALIBAN FLAG ON VEHICLE TRAFFIC MOVING, INCLUDING TRUCK WITH TALIBAN FLAG MAN LOOKING IN CAR (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) KABUL RESIDENT, SAMEEM JAN, SAYING: "Unemployment has reached its peak. People are unemployed. Due to unemployment, everyone is fleeing their homeland, If there are job opportunities, the youth will not leave the country." MAN LOOKING IN CAR MAN WALKING ON STREET, TRAFFIC MOVING TALIBAN FLAG ON CONCRETE BARRIER (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) KABUL TAXI DRIVER, ZAINULLAH, SAYING: "We urge the government to bring us peace and lower the prices for everything because the poor people cannot afford to live." ARMOURED VEHICLE DRIVING VARIOUS OF U.S. PLANES FLYING IN DISTANCE VARIOUS POINT OF VIEW SHOTS OF TRAFFIC MOVING
- Embargoed: 7th September 2021 13:20
- Keywords: Afghanistan Kabul Taliban residents street scenes traffic
- Location: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- City: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Conflicts/War/Peace,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001ERN0QBR
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- Story Text: Kabul residents called for jobs, peace and lower prices on Tuesday (August 24) following the Taliban takeover of the Afghan capital.
"We urge the government to bring us peace and lower the prices for everything because the poor people cannot afford to live," said Kabul taxi driver Zainullah.
Even before the Taliban swept into the city last Sunday (August 15), conditions had been getting worse, with the insurgents' rapid advance through the provincial cities sending the value of the local afghani currency plunging against the dollar and pushing prices of basic foodstuffs ever higher.
Meanwhile, Western forces at Kabul airport worked frantically on Tuesday to get people out of Afghanistan before an Aug. 31 deadline, as U.S. President Joe Biden faced growing pressure to negotiate more time for the airlift of thousands trying to flee.
Widespread chaos punctuated by sporadic violence has gripped Kabul's airport, with Western troops and Afghan security guards driving back crowds, following the Taliban's takeover of the Afghan capital on Aug. 15.
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