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‘The whole lot is tousled’: Folks in Singapore with ties to Afghanistan fear about nation’s future

Mr Ahmadzai stated he has associates who’ve been evacuated to Germany and Canada after working with authorities from these nations.

His buddy working on the financial institution had thought of heading to Pakistan through the land border, however determined towards it, fearing the dangerous journey and for the protection of his three younger youngsters.

Likewise, Mr Hakim shared that considered one of his associates determined to stay in Kabul along with his household.

After the Taliban took over, his household stayed at dwelling, frightened. However after a number of days, his buddy determined to go to the town to purchase meals for his household. 

“He noticed the armed Taliban throughout the town, and he was fearful simply strolling previous them,” Mr Hakim stated. 

After getting dwelling that night, the buddy advised Mr Hakim over the telephone that the armed Taliban members didn’t appear to be harassing anyone.

“That’s not true for everyone although, there are remoted accounts of people who find themselves being harassed,” Mr Hakim stated.

When requested why his buddy wished to remain in Kabul when so many others had chosen to go away, Mr Hakim stated the explanations have been “very advanced”.

Among the older generations of Afghans really feel the nation is their dwelling, he stated, and are reluctant to go away behind emotional and social ties for an unfamiliar place. Then there may be the difficulty of cash and the dangers concerned with in search of refuge elsewhere.

Some Afghans might additionally determine to remain in the event that they discover a place inside Afghanistan that’s “comparatively safer” and might present self-sustenance, like within the mountains, he added.

Whereas the buddy who remained in Kabul advised Mr Hakim he was feeling okay, he admitted that as a household they weren’t coping very nicely psychologically.

“A couple of of them are actually reaching out to me, they only wish to discuss as a result of they really feel paralysed with concern, uncertainty about what’s going to occur tomorrow,” Mr Hakim stated.

“This Afghan buddy of mine feels that approach as nicely. All his hopes for training are gone,” he stated, including that his feminine Afghan associates really feel the identical approach.


Mr Hakim stated he checks in along with his Afghan associates daily, including that they’re like household now. He merely listens over the telephone and lets them cry if they should, including that they’ve skilled trauma all their lives, and “now very intensely every day”.

“Primarily I see my function within the privileged house that I’m in Singapore to be the one who’s supporting them, each emotional and human support-wise, and in addition to suppose together with them on what’s the most secure choices,” he stated.

“We have now to help each other by means of all that every day now, after which attempt to get organised to help with meals and water as a lot as potential.”


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