The Tragedy of War and Covid-19 in Afghanistan

By Khamosh, in Afghanistan, July 1, 2021

With the gradual withdrawal of foreign and American forces from Afghanistan, the Taliban have taken control of several districts in the past few days. The Taliban’s recent military advance in various parts of Afghanistan, previously described by government and security officials as a “tactical retreat”, has reached a point where government sources now report the daily fall of several districts and the Taliban’s continued control over them.

According to news sources, in the last two months, about 80 districts have either fallen into the hands of the Taliban or are being controlled exchanged between government forces and the Taliban. These developments coincide with the final stages of the withdrawal of US troops and other foreign troops from the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan.

Aand Khoy district of Faryab province, after heavy fighting

The intensity of the War has affected civilians, businesses have been damaged, gardens and crops have been destroyed, markets have been burned, roads have been closed, and people have no access to basic necessities such as water, food and health care.

About 2,000 families have been displaced from Khogyani, Sherzad and some other districts of the past one week, 400 families from Ghaziabad and Asmar districts of Kunar province have been displaced, but other families remain Stuck in the fighting due to the closure of the main road. Thousands of families have been displaced by the fighting in Laghman, Paktia, Kunduz, Balkh, Logar, Faryab, Kapisa, Kandahar, Baghlan, Wardak, Uruzgan, Zabul, Badakhshan, Nuristan and a number of other provinces. Besides that, Hundreds of people, including children and women, were killed in the past few days of war.

Besides war, Corona virus is another scourge that has plagued Afghans. The Covid- 19 virus is an epidemic virus that has driven all countries of the world, including Afghanistan, to an unfamiliar and dark place, and this unintended miracle has not only caused anxiety, but also created great economic crises like never before in human history. While the Afghan government is talking about full readiness to fight the spread of the virus, it can be seen that in the markets and big cities of Afghanistan, the shortage of food items and the increase in the price of these items are unprecedented and the citizens are getting infected every day.

In Kunar province, families displaced from war

Following the outbreak of the virus and rumors of the closure of all borders, food prices have risen sharply in Afghanistan’s major markets. In recent days, we have witnessed a shortage of food and foodstuffs in the markets of Afghanistan’s major cities. To prevent the virus from spreading and spreading rapidly during the quarantine process, people are forced to stay indoors, rushing to markets to meet their livelihood needs before quarantining, at which point demand in markets rises sharply. Lack of work and daily income, high edible material prices and war have made people tired of life.

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