What do ordinary Afghans want for future?

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: The peace process and the elections are two important topics about which every ordinary Afghan has a perspective. But what do Afghans in the Taliban-controlled areas think about these two topics?

For this report, TOLOnews’ reporter Tamim Hamid talked to a number of ordinary Afghans–somewho live in secure areas and others who live in Taliban-controlled areas.

When it comes to peace, every Afghan citizen living in and outside the Taliban-controlled areas seems to have the same view: each considers peace to be the most important need of the country.

The Baraki Rajan village is located in Baraki Barak District of Logar Province, and most of the district is controlled by the Taliban.

Mohammad Younus, who has recently returned from Pakistan, says that peace is a fundamental need of the people in every society.

“What should I do? Should I go and steal or kill someone? What should I do? We want peace so that our people can live in prosperity. If there is peace, if there is calm, we are ready to live in poverty, but we do not want war,” said Mohammad Younus, a villager of Baraki Rajan village.

Hamidullah is a money exchanger in Baraki Barak’s local bazar. He regrets not being able to cast his ballot in the elections.

“What should we do with the result of the elections? Even if the result comes, the situation will not change. Peace should be the top priority so that people can live in comfort with their families and do their work,” said Hamidullah, a money exchanger in Logar.

But the election issue looks different in Deh Sabz district of Kabul where people live in a relatively peaceful environment.

“We all had the desire to live in peace, we all had a desire for a president who could address the expectations of the people, but the situation is very bad at the moment,” said Mohammad Omar, a resident of Khawja Chasht village west of Kabul.

“At the moment, we know neither about the work of the king nor of the masses; the poor people can’t do anything, even businessmen and rich people can’t do anything,” said Mohammad Azam, also a resident of Khawja Chasht village of Kabul province.

“We did not manage to get an education, our lives have been wasted in wars, but we are very depressed about the future of our children, we fear they might live in poverty and misery,” said Qader Khan, a gardener in Kabul.

Despite turbulence on the political front, life goes on and Afghans look to the future. (TOLOnews)