Kabul is on lock down
The schools and universities are suspended, Markets are closed, auto workshops are out of work and the city is empty of private vehicles. The citizens are walking through long distances to reach their destinations. All these are because of security measures taken for Kabul International Conference, the first of its kind in Kabul.
On July 20, 2010, the Government of Afghanistan will bring together representatives of more than 70 partner countries, international and regional organizations and financial institutions to deliberate and endorse an Afghan Government-led plan for improved development, governance, and stability. According to the government media, the conference aims to support a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan. It will be opened by President Hamid Karzai, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and co-chaired by the Afghan Foreign Minister Rassoul and UN Special Representative Staffan de Mistura.
The ordinary people are under a wide lock down and cannot go anywhere. My home is a stone's throw away from the main road connecting Kabul international airport with the rest of the city where I saw people of every age this morning walking up and down along the road. Only security forces and foreign delegations' caravans can be seen while coming out from the airport. I talked to some of the people to know their opinion about the conference.
Mr Ataaullah a shopkeeper told me that, this conference will be the same in results as other conferences that held in London and Paris which has not any positive impact on the life of civilians and the money will go again to a few pockets and will not do much for people.
My daughter is on the edge of death, I want to take her to the hospital but because of the lock down there is no any car or taxi. Ms. Fatima, teacher of a primary school told me very quickly while she was walking rapidly towards the hospital if she can find a doctor; she just angrily condemned the conference.