Afghanistan Takeover: Former Minister Turns Bicycle Courier in Germany

Sayed Sadaat have been facing a lot of Chastisement for taking such a job after serving in the government for two years and leaving office in 2018. “But a job is a job for him now”. The Afghanistan former minister said.

Sayed Sadaat was the Afghanistan government’s communications minister before relocating to Germany in December with the hope of a better future. He now works as a delivery man in Leipzig, a city in eastern Germany.

He claimed that some people at home chastised him for taking such a job after serving in the government for two years and departing in 2018. But a job is a job for him now.

“I have nothing to feel guilty about,” the 49-year-old said, standing in his orange uniform next to his bike.

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

Former Afghan Communication Minister Sayed Sadaat works as a bicycle rider for the food delivery service Lieferando in Leipzig, Germany, August 26, 2021. (Reuters)

With the upheaval occurring at home following the Taliban takeover, his narrative has attracted a lot of attention. His family and friends want to go as well, hoping to join the thousands of others on evacuation planes or find alternative ways out.

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With the drawdown of US forces looming, the number of Afghan asylum seekers in Germany has increased by more than 130 percent since the beginning of the year, according to figures from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Sadaat, despite his history, failed to find a job in Germany that matched his qualifications. Sadaat had wanted to use his IT and telecom degrees to work in a related area. His odds were poor, however, because he didn’t speak German.

The most significant aspect is the language,” said Sadaat, who is also a British citizen.

Every day, he attends a language school for four hours before beginning a six-hour nighttime shift delivering meals for Lieferando, where he began 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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