- Title: Taliban man checkpoints in Kabul, residents ponder about future
- Date: 12th September 2021
- Summary: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (SEPTEMBER 12 , 2021) (REUTERS) TALIBAN FLAGS ON SIDE OF ROAD VENDORS ON ROADSIDE SELLING TALIBAN FLAGS TALIBAN FLAGS WITH KORANIC VERSES INSCRIBED ON THEM VARIOUS OF ARMED TALIBAN CONTROLLING TRAFFIC TRAFFIC IN MARKET (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) KABUL RESIDENT, ZAKRIA, SAYING: "There are problems because all the money is in banks, and businesses are at a standstill. Also, arrangements should be made so that nobody should be deprived from going to universities, because children, adults, teachers are at home and they can't go to their educational institutions. They (Taliban government) need to reopen schools and universities as soon as possible." TRAFFIC IN MARKET AUTO RICKSHAW PASSING BY (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) KABUL UNIVERSITY STUDENT, SHOAIB SHEERZAI, SAYING: "We demand from the new government to reopen universities because currently we have no prospect for our future. We are in a critical situation and banks are closed, there is no educational activity at schools. We are in a critical situation and we demand from the government to resolve issues and provide us educational opportunities. We want to go to educational institutions and study. " VEGETABLES IN GREEN GROCERS' MARKET (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) KABUL RESIDENT, AHMED SHUKEB, SAYING: "Our demand is to provide job opportunities to unemployed youths " TRAFFIC MARKET TALIBAN FLAGS
- Embargoed: 26th September 2021 09:38
- Keywords: Kabul Taliban flags jobs streets
- Location: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- City: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Conflicts/War/Peace,Insurgencies
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- Story Text: Taliban fighters manned checkpoints and their flags fluttered around Kabul on Sunday (September 12) as young people pondered about their future in the war-torn country which is facing fresh turmoil.
Many said they wanted to be allowed to go back to school.
"Arrangements should be made so that nobody should be deprived from going to universities, because children , adults, teachers are at home and they can't go to their educational institutions. They (Taliban government) need to reopen schools and universities as soon as possible," said Kabul resident, Zakria.
Universities have been opening gradually since the Taliban stormed into Kabul in August. The acting higher education minister said in a news conference that public universities would resume in a week and that segregation arrangements were being made for female students to attend classes.
The Taliban, who swept into Kabul on August 15, have tried to present a conciliatory face to the world. They say they want Kabul residents to feel secure, but they acknowledge they were surprised by the swift collapse of the Western-backed government, leaving next to no time to plan the running of a city of over 5 million people.
They also admit that their fighters, most of whom have known little but years of war, are not trained police used to dealing with the public.
The new government , made up mainly of southern and eastern ethnic Pashtun men who joined the Taliban in the 1990s, also tempered hopes of an inclusive administration that reflects the concerns of people who grew up in the post-2001 era.
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