Street snacks to sanitiser: the Afghan women fighting coronavirus in Kabul
When lockdown closed their businesses, food sellers adapted their carts into mini disinfection units to tackle the outbreak
Photographs by Stefanie Glinski
Freshta had spent months building up a franchise business to help to feed her family – and break a few taboos on women at the same time – when coronavirus hit Afghanistan.
In November, the engineering student, (who has asked to be identified by one name only) became one of a fleet of female drivers taking 40 Banu’s Kitchen food carts around Kabul, serving up burgers and rice to a predominantly male customer base. “At the beginning, men on the streets would be shocked to see us driving a motorbike and selling food, but after about two or three months, they are now used to it. They even support us,” she says.