They live in Afghanistan

On August 12, 2021, local time, Kabul, Afghanistan, due to the Taliban’s offensive, many Afghans displaced from northern provinces flooded into the capital Kabul and fled the area controlled by the Taliban.

  These days, the dramatic changes in Afghanistan dominate the headlines of major media.
  The United States withdrew, the Taliban once again entered Kabul, and President Ghani left Afghanistan… In this unpredictable turmoil, the lives of many ordinary people have deviated from the normal course, and the fate of many people will be rewritten.
  Among them, there are soldiers who want to become Afghan foreign ministers but are waiting for the government to fall; there are overseas students who are trapped in Kabul and cannot continue their studies; and there are Chinese who give up returning to their country to do business in Afghanistan in order to comply with the contract.
  How do they feel in the chaos? Where do they go in the future?
  The following is their narrative:
Narration 1
Shaker
International Student, Afghan Research Center, Lanzhou University
Everything is unknown

  Most of my relatives are engaged in military and defense work in the Ghani government. Since I was young, I also hope to be a soldier and go to the battlefield to kill the enemy.
  When I was 17, I decided to enlist in the army. At first, my family members opposed it, but with my insistence, my parents finally agreed. On the day I arrived at the military school, my father personally sent me to the school gate.
  My father is a university teacher. There are various political and religious organizations in Afghanistan, but he has not participated in any organization, and I and other brothers and sisters are not allowed to participate in any organization. I will always remember the teachings of my father: You are a soldier in Afghanistan.
  After graduating, I encountered an opportunity to connect with China-the scholarship examination of Hefei Army Officer Academy in Anhui. More than 300 people took the exam, and only 5 were admitted. I passed 6 rounds of selection and finally got this opportunity.
  In 2013, I set foot on the land of China for the first time, surrounded by people with black eyes and black hair, speaking another language, and for the first time I felt that I had to study hard. Slowly, I made many Chinese friends, and my Chinese gradually improved. I also published articles in the journals of the college.
  Five years later, I returned to Afghanistan and was promoted to platoon leader. Before taking office, I worked as an interpreter for a beverage company at Bagram Air Force Base in the US, and wanted to earn some extra money.
  One day, a foreign engineer and I were smoking on the roof of the building. He looked at the sky and suddenly asked me: “There are more than 20 American planes flying around in your hometown every hour, don’t you feel uncomfortable?”
  I was stunned. , I don’t know how to answer.
  This question echoes in my mind every day. I thought that when I became a soldier, I could fight the enemy, but then I found that I couldn’t do anything in the face of the chaos of the country. This incident changed the direction of my life. I decided to study international relations and become the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan in the future to gain greater strength to solve the Afghan issue.
  Therefore, in 2019, I came to the Afghanistan Research Center of Lanzhou University to study for a master’s degree. My father is very supportive of me to study in China. He said that many times Afghanistan cannot guarantee its national security, but China has never bullied us. Chinese companies have also built roads near my home.
  I thought things could move forward step by step, but I didn’t expect that the United States would really withdraw when it said that it would withdraw its troops, and the Taliban would return to Kabul.
  I am very worried about my relatives.
  Although the Taliban said they would not retaliate against government personnel, who knows? I have two elder brothers who work in the Ghani government in Kabul. The Taliban have not done anything to them at the moment, so they are temporarily safe.
  Now, former Vice President Amrullah Saleh and former Afghan Tajik military leader Ahmed Masood are jointly fighting the Taliban in Panjshir Province.
  My uncle is one of Panjshir.
  In recent days, Panjshir has been increasing troops and has entered a state of preparedness for battle. I think a fierce battle may be inevitable.
  The Taliban said that they would form an inclusive government. I think it is still far from achieving this goal. Everything is unknown.
Narration 2
Jialan
Afghan, PhD candidate at Zhejiang University
The most regrettable thing in 2020 is to leave China

  Both my undergraduate and graduate students are studying in China, and now I am a PhD candidate in World History at Zhejiang University.
  The last thing I regretted in 2020 is to leave China. At the beginning of last year, my visa expired and I returned to Kabul from China. As a result, I encountered the new crown epidemic. Now it is the regime change in Afghanistan. I feel that it would be difficult to graduate successfully.
  I have been at home for almost two years, and I don’t dare to go out very much. Since the US military announced its withdrawal from Afghanistan, the situation has become increasingly chaotic, and various extremist organizations have launched large and small attacks. However, everyone is not surprised.
  One day in 2017, I was passing by the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul, and suddenly there was an explosion inside, and I later learned that it was an attack planned by the extremist organization “Islamic State”. No one around him panicked or rioted, just like nothing happened on the other side.
  I have also encountered several more recent attacks, but fortunately I was not injured.
  In October last year, a car bomb attack occurred in the Janikhill district of my hometown, Nangarhar Province. The explosion happened at the door of my house. My cousin died and many relatives were injured. After receiving the call, my parents hurried back from Kabul.
  That explosion killed many young people.
  We are sad and want revenge, but there is no way. Where do ordinary people go to find terrorists for revenge?
  I think the United States has a great responsibility for the situation in Afghanistan today.
  In the 1980s, in order to fight against the Soviet Union that invaded Afghanistan, the United States produced many teaching materials to promote “jihadism” for students in Afghanistan to train terrorists to help them deal with the Soviet Union. There were no extremist organizations in Afghanistan, but now there are more than 20.
  Now that the Afghan issue has not been resolved, the U.S. left as it said, leading to chaos and letting everyone know that the U.S. is unreliable.
  The United States only cares about its own interests.
Narration 3
Gao Susu
Head of the Central Office of the China-Arab Economic Community
No one can tell the future of Afghanistan

  For work reasons, I am based in the Afghanistan China Town in Kabul, and sometimes rush between China and Afghanistan.
  Afghan Chinatown was established in 2019 to unite the Chinese who are engaged in economic, trade, industrial investment and other activities in Afghanistan, and to give everyone a platform for work and life in this war-torn country.
  Before the “day change” in Afghanistan, most of the personnel of Chinese enterprises had returned to China one after another out of security considerations. And we chose to stay, mainly because we hope to abide by the contract with our Afghan partners. As Yu Minghui, director of the China-Arab Economic and Trade Promotion Committee, said in an interview: “I don’t want to leave Afghanistan with the impression that Chinese people are not trustworthy, and there is no determination if there is a little trouble.”
  On July 29, I returned to Kabul from Beijing. Unexpectedly, when I came back this time, I witnessed history.
  The Taliban entered Kabul on August 15. I received overwhelming concern and greetings from relatives, friends and the media in China. In Chinatown, everything is fine, except the network is affected. We strengthened our security work that night, but there was no major riot as we imagined. It was the helicopter that the U.S. military evacuated the embassy personnel flying all night, and the noise was loud, which really affected the rest.
  At around 5 o’clock in the morning the next morning, I was woken up by a call from domestic friends who were concerned about my safety. It was a sunny day and the sun was shining. I looked at the street outside the window. Slowly, the breakfast car of the mobile vendors came, and the cries were as enthusiastic as before; the long-distance bus gradually became busy.
  There will be Taliban patrols on the streets now, and the surrounding ladies and children come and go, and children send bottled water, which surprised me a bit.
  Compared to the calm in the city, the situation at the airport is more tense, and there is also a situation of exchange of fire. Every day, Taliban personnel maintain order and fire warning shots into the sky. In fact, it didn’t make much difference, and the crowd who was anxious to leave desperately squeezed into the passage.
  I often talk about the situation with different Afghans, and everyone has different opinions. No one can predict the future of Afghanistan, and no one can tell the future direction of Afghanistan. A large number of people congesting the airport every day and wanting to leave is because they do not trust the future. This is a problem that needs attention for the operation of the new government in the future.
  Many people have only the impression of poverty and war. In fact, Afghanistan is rich in minerals, and emerging markets and new energy resources are its huge wealth. The Afghans are also more warm and friendly to us. I often learn the local language from them and also teach them Chinese. I also made the game of rock, paper, scissors and paper popular among Afghan children.
  The more inconvenient thing in life now is the frequent power outages. For safety’s sake, Chinatown has been temporarily closed, and we have to reduce going out. An Afghan employee in the office came to help me clean the curtains and repeatedly prevented my heart from going out. I also received many calls and concerns from Afghan friends.
  I think this is the so-called seeing the truth in adversity.