KABUL, Afghanistan – A second-hand outdoor bazaar with hardly any customers has become a busy business in recent weeks since the Taliban came back in power. Used dishes, tea glasses and plastic flower vases are sold on this Kabul street. There are also carpets, clothes, a teddy bear and a soccer ball that belonged to a child.
People are selling furniture, personal belongings, and even appliances, to get money to buy food. Or like Ali, who used to work as a karate teacher and is selling some dresses of his daughters to get money to emigrate abroad and find a job, “to Pakistan or Iran,” he explains.
“I bought these carpets in exchange for between 3,000 and 4,000 Afghanis per item” (about 35 euros),” says Reza, a 35-year-old man who sells and buys second-hand stuff. He says that nowadays, “people accept this deal because they need the money and have no other way.”
Economic activities have stalled and an uncertain future awaits the people of Afghanistan.
International aid organizations are trying to deliver aid to the Afghan people without a recognized government. However, the amount of this aid is limited, and there are many obstacles from the country’s new rulers to distribute the aid.Selling secondhand furniture is a sign of the vision that the people of Afghanistan have for their future.