New Day Under Taliban Rule: Situation Relatively Calm But Fear Persists, Kabul Residents Say

After ex-President Ashraf Ghani fled the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, the Taliban* occupied the abandoned presidential palace and declared victory. By the end of the day, the Afghan insurgents had gained full control of the city. What’s it like to live under the Taliban?

On Monday, Kabul woke up under Taliban* control: the insurgents have been deployed in different parts of the city. Having seized state television, the militants called upon Afghan civilians on air to stay calm.

Kabul Trying to Return to Normal

The man noted that the Taliban had promised on air and on social networks to ensure the safety of people and protect banks and other institutions. After meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education of Afghanistan, the insurgents announced that doctors, teachers, and other employees could return to their work, the Kabul resident notes.

​”Now people are returning to work, cars are running in the streets”, says Walid. “People are trying to live a normal life. So far, [the Taliban] have fulfilled everything that they promised”.

​At the same time, however, 95 percent of small shops and supermarkets remain closed, complains another Kabul resident, Fahim**. Schools, banks, government agencies are generally closed, according to him. He also highlights that women, children, and youth stay at home.

Earlier, Abdullah Abdullah, the former head of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), advised Kabul residents to…

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