Street snacks to sanitiser: the Afghan women fighting coronavirus in Kabul

Posted by on June 10, 2020 3:30 am
Categories: Global Stories

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.

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