Afghanistan Crisis: State of Siege


Afghanistan Crisis: State of Siege

By Kartik Thirani

Terrorism, when we hear the word we feel fear like our lives are threatened and can be lost at any moment and that no one can protect us at that time. While we can imagine this, on the other side of the globe one of the widely known country Afghanistan is going through all this.

Afghanistan was a haven for terrorist groups when the Taliban were in power in the late 1990s. But the U.S. invaded the country in 2001 after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. As the U.S Troops leaves the People of Afghanistan on their livelihood after more than a decade safe-guarding them from the terrorism of the Taliban and their allied.

On an unfortunate date 15th august 2021 as India was celebrating their 75th independence day Afghanistan lost their independence as the terrorist also referred to as “Talibans” entered and captured Jalalabad since then their capturing spree continues to wreak havoc in Afghanistan. Thousands and thousands of people suffered from this, many were killed, and many were taken hostage. Women and children were forcefully assaulted while men were either became slaves or killed. The situation became so gruesome that their president even left the country and the presidential palace is now under the spell of the Talibans. After the failure of the government one of their major cities “Kabul” fell into the hands of the Taliban. People afraid of their death tried to escape by hanging on the airplanes and when the plane took off hanging people were falling to their deaths.

Countries and World Leaders like India, United States of America, Russia and etc. trying to help and evacuate their respective citizens along with the afghan citizen working upfront 24X7 for helping people to reach their homes and still the situation isn’t very easy as the World Health Organization (WHO) said “it was unable to fly 500 tons of medical supplies to the Kabul airport at present due to the ongoing evacuation efforts.”

The Afghanistan economy collapsed as they were reliant on international trade around 44% is employed on agricultural grounds Observers predict that with the Taliban in control, international trade will come to a standstill, leading to a surge in smuggling. The signs were there in July, when the Afghanistan government’s customs revenue fell by 30% that month to $57.5 million. According to the World Bank, Afghanistan was 173rd among 190 countries in 2020 for doing business. After the collapse of the Taliban government in 2001, Afghanistan opened up to international trade, reports Lloyds Bank Trade. Both imports and exports have been growing in recent years.

Author is an Undergraduate pursuing is Bachelors in Business Administration from the Rukmini Devi Institute of Advance Studies.

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