Since the Taliban returned to power in August, life in Afghanistan has become more and more difficult. The country, which was already beset by an economic crisis, is now confronted with a worsening humanitarian catastrophe. Billions of dollars in aid money have dried up, funding for hospitals is non-existent and nearly half the population faces acute hunger. Our team on the ground reports.
Almost three months after the Taliban swept to power in Afghanistan, the country's economy is imploding. Many NGOs and foreign companies have left, leaving thousands of Afghans suddenly unemployed. Some $9.5 billion of assets have been frozen abroad and banks are running out of money. The value of the local currency is plummeting and food prices have soared. This dire situation is pushing thousands of Afghans to flee the country. FRANCE 24's Catherine Norris-Trent and Roméo Langlois report.
Quiffs, mohawks, and crew cuts were hairstyles barbers were accustomed to styling for image-conscious young men in Afghanistan's third-biggest city of Herat. But all that has changed since the Taliban took over the country in mid-August.
Taliban fighters laugh and whoop onboard a pirate ship ride at an amusement park in the west of Afghanistan's capital Kabul. An incongruous scene, and one that might have been unimaginable during the group's brutally oppressive reign in the 1990s. But while the Islamist hardliners have promised a more moderate rule this time, many Afghans have already seen their freedoms curbed.
A group of German entrepreneurs is helping Afghans leave their country. 27-year-old Fardin and his family have already arrived in their new home, where he is looking to have a career and build a safe future.
Berlin has pledged to grant German residency permits to 2,600 Afghans who are deemed to be vulnerable or are in danger. Journalists, activists and academics are among those on the list.
Germany's ambassador to Pakistan said the South Asian nation would play a supportive role in the future of Afghan peace and prosperity and thanked Islamabad for helping Germany evacuate Afghans across its border.
Thousands of Afghans are being forced to stay at Ramstein air base after a measles outbreak stopped them from flying to the US. Dozens more were denied entry to the UK.
As the United Nations resumes flying humanitarian supplies to parts of Afghanistan, the EU and other countries are debating how to increase aid to Afghans without lending credibility to the Taliban.
Afghans cross into Pakistan at the Chaman border crossing as thousands desperately try to flee following the Taliban takeover. Amjad says he left because he had no work once the Taliban took over, and couldn’t “even earn money to feed our children”.
Two cars are seen destroyed in Kabul after the United States said it carried out an air strike on Sunday night in Kabul on an IS-prepared car bomb. The US military said it was "aware of reports of civilian casualties" from the strike, which came after an attack outside the airport late last week killed more than 100 people, including 13 American troops.
Afghans are struggling to get cash with banks still closed following the Taliban's takeover of the country. "I've been coming to the bank for four days now but I can't get my own money," says one resident.