The Guardian’s foreign correspondent, Luke Harding, has interviewed Sayed – an Afghan resident – who spoke from Kabul this early morning as Taliban forces entered the metropolis:
“People are worried. They are fearful for their family members, their wives and their daughters especially. A couple of residents in Kabul with hyperlinks to the Taliban are pleased. But the vast majority are actually concerned.
“This early morning I was out an about in the city. I saw girls crying by the facet of the highway. Folks were managing, with absolutely everyone striving to obtain a automobile to get dwelling. There were being no taxis. In advance of a ride would cost $2. Now the prices have absent up five moments and the taxis really don’t just take any one.
“I heard some gunfire a few several hours back. Now the metropolis is rather tranquil. Everybody is holed up in their residences, the retailers and banks which had been hectic before are generally closed. Schoolchildren ended up because of to acquire exams right now. These are not going on.
“The Taliban arrived this early morning on the outskirts of Kabul. A couple are currently within, chatting to the men and women, with no weapons for now. They are explained to have taken Pul-e-Charkhi jail [the biggest in Afghanistan] and allow all the prisoners out. The Taliban flag is traveling in some districts of Kabul together with in Babur backyard garden, a historic district where the Mughal emperor Babur is buried.
“In district 7 fighters have surrounded the police station, I listened to. They have told the law enforcement to give up their weapons. I’m sceptical about the Taliban’s claim that no 1 will be harmed. We know what will transpire subsequent. They will start out hunting for ‘traitors’ – everyone who served with the Afghan army, or who worked with Nato forces and the Individuals.
“They will also target the residences of prosperous businessmen in Kabul, inquiring them how they manufactured their revenue, and ended up in a position to make a 4- or five-storey house. Meanwhile, the scenario for normal Afghans is terrible. Very last week, the cost for a packet of flour was 1,700 Afghanis ($25). These days it is 2,500 Afghanis ($35).
“Some folks say the Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has still left the town by now. Others say he is continue to here and designs to resign at 5pm right now, with the Taliban thanks to shift in and just take more than at 6pm today, nearby time. We don’t know which edition is true. At the moment we are waiting around to see what happens’.
“We are in a poor problem. I have no funds and four small children – boys aged a few, 5 and 14 and a 12-yr-outdated daughter. I really do not have any revenue to escape, the borders are now shut, and the Taliban have taken Mazar-i-Sharif and Jalalabad. I may possibly try out and lie very low with my father-in-law for a couple of times. But immediately after that what?”