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Afghans’ Concern over Afghanistan’s Future

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Afghans’ Concern over Afghanistan’s Future

Asadullah Ramin has lost all his hope for his country.

According to the report by Associated Press, Mr. Ramin is concerned about the situation of Afghanistan after the withdrawal of foreign troops in 2014.

Asadullah, a 50 year old electric engineer in Kabul, says he is ready to pay money to smugglers to take him and his family out of Afghanistan.

He needs thousands of dollars to leave his average living in Kabul behind and migrate to another country with his wife and three daughters and start a new living from scratch.

In the recent years Asadullah’s business has been booming and he has won several contracts from foreign forces. Yet, he still doubts his future in Afghanistan. “If I can, I will leave this land, my business, my house, in the next hour.”

The U.S. and its allies have repeatedly made efforts to try to reassure Afghans that they will not leave Afghanistan alone post-2014. They have promised a long-term commitment for continuing the rebuilding process of the nation. They have pledge billions dollars of aid to strengthen the Afghan National Force and other development sectors. Besides America, several other nations have signed strategic partnership with Afghanistan.

Despite the promises, Afghans are still in distress about their country’s future.

Afghans are skeptical of the Afghan National Army’s capacity in fighting against the insurgents after the full transition of security responsibility from the foreign forces to Afghan forces.

The joint military operations between Afghan and coalition forces over the past several years have resulted in pushing back the insurgents. Currently, 80% of Helmand’s police force, who have witnessed heavy clashes with the militants, have been trained and equipped.

“Before, we were never sure whether we would return home safely after leaving for work. But now, we can walk around the city and feel very safe,” said Aftab Jan, owner of a hotel in Lashkargah.

However, he added, “when foreign forces pull out, everything will go back to ‘zero’. We will fall under the reign of Taliban once again.”

According to the Associated Press report, even in Kabul, where education and career opportunities are vastly available in comparison to other provinces, it was difficult to get a positive view on Afghanistan’s future.

Frozan Maarofi, a Kabul resident, said, “Perhaps, after 2014, we will lead a good life,” while her daughter, Rigwida, said with disbelief, “I just want to leave this country.”

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