- Title: Afghans fleeing Taliban takeover cross border into Pakistan
- Date: 29th August 2021
- Summary: CHAMAN BORDER, PAKISTAN (AUGUST 28, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE GATHERED AT THE BORDER VARIOUS OF TENT SET UP BY NOMADIC AFGHAN FAMILY (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) HEAD OF AFGHAN NOMADIC FAMILY WHO ARRIVED FROM KANDAHAR, KANDA AGHA, SAYING: "Now it is peaceful there (in Kandahar) but there is no employment there. We are poor nomads. I worked there as a ragman but all my work had finished." VARIOUS OF TENT SET UP BY NOMADIC AFGHAN FAMILY (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) HEAD OF AFGHAN NOMAD FAMILY, WHO ARRIVED FROM KANDAHAR, KANDA AGHA, SAYING: "We have come from Kandahar where we lived in tents adjacent to a bazar." VARIOUS OF TENT SET UP BY NOMADIC AFGHAN FAMILY
- Embargoed: 12th September 2021 04:49
- Keywords: Afghanistan Pakistan border Taliban takeover refugees
- Location: CHAMAN BORDER, PAKISTAN
- City: CHAMAN BORDER, PAKISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Conflicts/War/Peace,Insurgencies
- Reuters ID: LVA001ESBZK93
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A nomadic Aghan family pitched a tent on the Pakistan side of the Chaman border crossing on Saturday (August 28), as they joined hundreds of Afghans who also made the trip across the border seeking to escape from the Taliban.
The head of the family, Kanda Agha, said the decision to leave their home in Kandahar was based on economical reasons rather than fears over violence from the new Taliban regime. He says he packed up his belongings and family and bought a used UNHCR tent to live in before crossing over the border.
"Now it is peaceful there (in Kandahar) but there is no employment there. We are poor nomads. I worked there as a ragman, but all my work had finished," he said.
Concerns are growing in the the country and especially the captial of an impending financial crisis. The currency has been tumbling since the withdrawal of foreign troops and have gained momentum since the the evacuation of foreign nationals draws to an end amid security threats. Prices of food and other necessities has been rising and banks have been closed.
Taliban officials have urged Afghans not to leave, saying they are needed to help them run the country and make it prosper in the future.
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