The Washington Post talks to Afghan’s on the street in Kabul about their coming future….
But her fear has since given way to a wholly different feeling — hope.
“I’m hopeful because, as Afghans, we have to stand on our own,” she said. “The United States was here to help, but they were not 100 percent successful.” The way she sees it, the United States withdrawing while the Taliban grows more powerful puts Afghans like her at a disadvantage. But she hopes the Afghan government and Taliban can hash out a deal that would prevent another civil war….
The United States has spent nearly a trillion dollars on Afghanistan since 2001, funding the war, propping up the country’s government, building a military and financing infrastructure projects, according to Pentagon reports. But independent watchdogs have uncovered massive corruption and waste. Afghanistan’s elected government remains shaky, the country’s military struggles to hold and retake territory without close U.S. support, and many U.S.-funded infrastructure projects lie in ruins, destroyed by conflict and neglect.
The country has also seen significant, measurable advances: Maternal and child mortality rates have dropped; millions more children are enrolled in school; more women are members of the workforce; minorities enjoy greater protections; independent media has proliferated; and access to the Internet is widespread — although without continued international aid, World Bank assessments show that improvements in sectors like health care and education are unsustainable…
image…Afghans fill a market street in downtown Kabul on April 12. (Hedayatullah Amid/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)