A retired professor at Kabul University has been forced to sell second-hand goods at the side of the road in Herat city because his pension has not been paid.
Abdul Qayum Khajazada taught at the Faculty of Science of Kabul University for 35 years and retired during the previous government.
He said that he has to sell clothes on the streets in order to support his family of six members.
“I retired at the age of 65. Because the pension is not being paid right now and my children are hungry, I had to turn to selling things, especially second-hand things,” Khajazada said.
“Specialists and academics play an essential role in the growth of society and their needs should be taken seriously. But unfortunately, recently, many people were forced to do hard labor because their pensions are not being paid, and this issue can increase their vulnerability,” said Sayed Ashraf Sadat, civil rights activist.
Abdul Qayum Khajazada has worked in the Presidential Palace and Afghanistan's National Radio and Television for several years in addition to teaching at the university.
“He has helped the society and the students, members of the society,” said Hamza, a student.
“When we see that our teachers have left their jobs, and do not have the desire to teach at universities, we cannot do our duty,” said Ramin, another student.
The economic problems in society have gotten worse during the last two years as a result of the rise of unemployment and poverty.
Abdul Qayum Khajazada asked the Islamic Emirate to pay the salaries of all retirees in the country.