Mid-August this year marked the one-year anniversary of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and the US messy withdrawal from the country after two decades of military presence.
The last year US-led evacuation turned violent and tragic, during which many Afghan people lost their lives. Sports champion Mohammad Jan who was shot dead at the Kabul airport was one of the victims. His parents blame the US for the tragic incident and are seeking compensation for the loss of their boy.
The US two-decade invasion of Afghanistan ended with the withdrawal of the last US troops from Kabul last year. However, Afghans say Washington has started another war against them. A dangerous economic war. Since the Taliban's return to power on Aug. 15, 2021, the US has frozen nearly nine billion dollars in Afghanistan foreign reserves and cut off major international funding.
The sanctions have pushed Afghanistan’s economy to the brink of collapse, with 97 percent of Afghans live in poverty. Afghan people and international bodies have been calling for the release of funds so that the country could cope with the ongoing humanitarian crisis.
Meanwhile, violence and bloodshed have continued under the Taliban. The country saw a rise in deadly attacks against the Shia community last year, mostly carried out by the Daesh terrorist group.
One year into the Taliban’s return to power, Afghans are still grappling with multiple crises. However, they are happy that the US occupation of their country has ended.