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Former finance minister of Afghanistan is now an Uber driver in Washington DC

  • Former Afghanistan Finance Minister Khalid Payenda, who served under Afghan President Ashraf Ghani before the Taliban took over in August last year, is now making ends meet as an Uber driver in Washington.
  • Payenda resigned from his post a week before the Taliban captured Kabul and moved to the U.S. to be with his family. 
  • “Right now, I don’t have any place. I don’t belong here and I don’t belong there,” said Payenda. “It’s a very empty feeling.”

After leaving Afghanistan when the Taliban took over the U.S.-supported government last August, former Finance Minister Khalid Payenda is now an Uber driver in Washington D.C.

The 40-year-old former official served under Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who was reportedly accused of taking $169 million worth of state funds after fleeing to the United Arab Emirates. 

Vietnamese Americans are opening their doors, offering support to Afghan refugees

Across the United States, Vietnamese communities have been opening their doors to refugees from Afghanistan, seeing themselves in the new arrivals.

An unlikely bond: In cities like Philadelphia and Seattle, Vietnamese landlords, business owners, artists and neighbors have been offering support to refugees in whatever way they can, remembering their own plights when arriving from Vietnam in the late 1970s.

Taliban curtailing women’s rights in Afghanistan, killing female activists

Taliban Curtailing Women’s Rights in Afghanistan, Murdering Female Activists

Since the Taliban takeover on Aug. 15, the Islamic extremist group has been violating women’s rights and targeting female activists despite promising the contrary, leaving many to wonder why Western allies have seemingly abandoned the people of Afghanistan.

Broken promises: Despite the Taliban promising to uphold women’s rights in Afghanistan, their claims did not last even 100 days into their occupation. Many international activists had anticipated this due to the group’s recurring past offenses against women.

US ends its 20-year military presence in Afghanistan

20-year military Afghanistan, US ends Biden

The U.S. officially concluded its 20-year presence in Afghanistan, with the departure of the last American military plane from Kabul on Tuesday.

End of America’s longest war: The head of U.S. Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, announced the completion of the military mission which sought to evacuate “American citizens, third-country nationals and vulnerable Afghans,” reported Bloomberg.

‘Please hold my hand and help me’: Afghan athletes arrive safely in Tokyo for Paralympics after evacuation from Kabul

Afghan athletes Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli arrive at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games

After a public plea for help, Afghan athletes Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli arrived safely at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced on Saturday.

Safe evacuation: Khudadadi, 23, and Rasouli, 26, were evacuated from the now Taliban-controlled capital of Kabul to Paris last week. IPC President Andrew Parsons called the trip “a major global operation.”

‘White Savior’?: Lawyer of all-girls Afghan robotics team demands Oklahoma woman stop taking credit for their rescue

Afghan robotics team lawyer tells woman to stop

A lawyer representing an all-girls robotics team who fled Afghanistan has sent a formal cease-and-desist letter to an Oklahoma woman to stop her from taking credit for their rescue.

Tragedy for personal gain: Digital Citizen Fund (DCF), the parent organization that oversaw the safety of the 10-member robotics team, accused 60-year-old Allyson Reneau of using “such a tragically horrible situation” for her “own personal gain,” the Washington Post reported.

Afghanistan’s youngest female mayor fears for her family’s safety as Taliban takes over

Afghanistan female mayor fears for her life

A female Afghan mayor aired a plea of desperation as the Taliban’s control of Afghanistan sparks concerns for the safety of women in the country, particularly activists, journalists and politicians like her.

Potential target: In a recent interview with iNews, Maidan Wardak province mayor Zarifa Ghafari lamented that the extremist group “will come for people like me and kill me” as it advances aggressively across the country.

Japanese Doctor Who Helped Bring in Clean Water to Afghanistan Killed by Gunmen

Tetsu Nakamura

A Japanese doctor who brought canal-building techniques from his hometown to help irrigate arid areas in Afghanistan was killed by a group of gunmen in the eastern part of the country on Wednesday.

Tetsu Nakamura, 73, founder of nongovernmental organization Peace Japan Medical Services (PMS), was on his way to work in Jalalabad, capital of Nangarhar province when the unidentified suspects fired bullets at his vehicle.