Thousands of Afghans protested on Tuesday after receiving an ultimatum from the Taliban to leave their homes in a humble neighborhood in the southern city of Kandahar, inhabited mostly by war widows and orphans, to be reoccupied by members of the formation. Islamist.
“Do not force us to leave our homes, we are poor people, we do not have financial capacity or a house to go to. For a long time we have not even had food to eat, and now they are forcing us out of our homes,” he told the Spanish agency Efe Agha Gul, one of the organizers of the protest.
“It is the height of oppression,” Gul said, adding that so far the Taliban have already expelled hundreds of families from Firqa, a poor neighborhood in Kandahar with about 2,000 families.
Some have been able to share these videos of the protests on social media.
Most of the residents of this area have lost their jobs after the Taliban seized power on August 15, since a large part of the government and private offices remain closed, and the open ones were left without being able to pay their employees for the economic collapse that the country has experienced since then.
This is the case of Haroon Agho, a professor living in Firqa who receives a salary of 8,000 Afghans a month (about $ 100) with which he tries to support his family of ten and who now does not know where to go after the Taliban ordered to leave their home within three days.
Aquila, another attendee of the protest, explained to Efe: “They are knocking on our doors to leave. I am a widow and I have children to take care of, they force us out of our homes (…) and we have nowhere to go.”
“We built these houses with our own money” and now “the Taliban tell us that we can no longer live here,” complained Abdul Hadi, another protester who was also threatened by the Taliban that they would shoot him in the head for having worked with him. previous Government as a cook.
In this other Twitter video, the only graphic testimony to this protest so far, it is denounced that the protesters, most of them women, were beaten.
The ultimatum for the expulsion of thousands of people from their homes comes as the international community struggles to provide assistance to some five million internally displaced people in Afghanistan, who left their places of origin due to war and drought, according to data from the deposed Afghan government.
“People in Afghanistan are facing a catastrophic situation: forced to leave their homes, deprived of basic services and at risk of exploitation and abuse,” the head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs wrote on Twitter on Monday ( OCHA), Isabelle Moussard Carlsen.