Former Afghan Communication Minister Sayed Sadaat became a bicycle courier in Germany

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Afghan’s former communications minister, Sayed Sadaat, is now a delivery man in the eastern city of Leipzig in Germany, Reuters reported.

According to him, he moved to Germany last December in the hope of a better future. He said some at home criticised him for taking such a job after having served in the government for two years, leaving office in 2018. But for him now, a job is a job.

“I have nothing to feel guilty about,” the 49-year-old British-Afghan dual citizen said, standing in his orange uniform next to his bike. He had quit the Afghan government because of disagreements with members of the president’s circle, he said.

“I hope other politicians also follow the same path, working with the public rather than just hiding.”

Sadaat story has gained particular prominence with the chaos unfolding at home after the Taliban takeover as his family and friends also want to leave, hoping to join the thousands of others on evacuation flights or trying to find other routes out.

Former Afghan Communication Minister Sayed Sadaat rides a bicycle for his food delivery service job with Lieferando in Leipzig, Germany,

As a result of the withdrawal of U.S troops in the Taliban controlled Afghanistan, the data from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees showed that the number of Afghan asylum seekers in Germany has risen since the beginning of the year, jumping by more than 130%.

Sadaat explained that his dual citizenship meant he could have chosen to move to Britain, where he had spent much of his life, however, he relocated to Germany at the end of 2020, seizing his last opportunity to do so before that path was closed by Britain’s exit from the European Union.

He noted that he choose Germany because he expected it to have a better economic future and a leading role in the telecom and IT sectors in the long term.

However, even with Sadaat’s background in IT and Telecommunications were he had degrees, and has hoped to work in a related field, he struggled to find job in Germany that matched his experience. With no German, his chances were slim.

“The language is the most important part,” said Sadaat.
Every day he does four hours of German at a language school before starting a six-hour evening shift delivering meals for Lieferando, where he started this summer.
“The first few days were exciting but difficult,” he said, describing the challenge of learning to cycle in the city traffic.
“The more you go out and the more you see people, the more you learn,” he said.

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