When it will be two years since the Taliban takeover of Kabul, on August 15, 2021, with the mass evacuations of the capital’s airport, a portrait of the failure of NATO forces, with the chaotic departure of the United States United after 20 years in the country, they celebrate their establishment in power as bureaucrats and owners of luxury homes.
A celebration that takes place while trampling on the rights of women and girls, who have been prohibited from working, going to school, going out alone and a few weeks ago they were forced to close beauty salons in Afghanistan.
A failed state where, according to the United Nations, since taking power, not only poverty has increased, but also opium cultivation by 32%, or 56,000 hectares, compared to the previous year. Its production is vital as a source of income for the Taliban, despite the Taliban’s own bans, due to the taxes that religious leaders in Taliban-controlled areas collect from opium farmers.
The Taliban have gone from being an insurgent group that hid in the mountains to plan attacks against the US invasion to living a comfortable life, with office jobs and in luxurious houses with their wives in the best neighborhoods of Afghanistan. Accustomed to a life of combat, many members of the movement are now bored at their jobs, governed by mundane bureaucracy and official rules.
Taliban, luxury and women
High-ranking Taliban enjoy lavish lifestyles with houses, cars and multiple wives, while lower-ranking Taliban must take on family and bureaucratic responsibilities to which they have not been accustomed. The insurgent movement used to cover the needs of the families of the members of the group, but the new reality demands economic support that is sometimes not available in a country where 95% do not have enough food to eat.
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