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‘People are broken’: Afghans describe first day under full Taliban control

Citizens tell of ‘absolute feeling of depression’ after last American troops left country overnight

Arifa Ahmadi* started her first day under full Taliban control by burning her jeans and any other clothes that the Taliban would be likely to disapprove of as the nation woke up to a new era after the last American troops left the country overnight.

Ahmadi is a part of the generation that has grown up during the past 20 years and enjoyed freedom, education and employment under a government backed by the west – but lost her job after the Taliban took over the country.

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