Asef, a 60-yr-old wooden vendor from Kabul, arrives at his stand at 6 am. Hard work and the scorching sun have left a mark on his weary skin. Last 18 years, he has worked seven days a week, 13 hours a day to maintain his household of four.
Every week, depending on the season, Asef buys a truck of wood, which he then cuts into smaller pieces and sells on the local wooden market. Without education, he has a few alternate options. This year, business has been bad.
A close-by house, a group of young men, sit on mattresses in a small room using a small gas kettle and as they smoke shisha. Alishah Arman, a 28-yr-old student of Russian literature, and his flatmates buy Asef’s wooden to heat their house, especially in winter. However, thus far, government help for clear fuel is a distant dream.
Wood has long been one in all Afghanistan’s primary sources of energy, which through the years has had numerous consequences – deforestation and pollution reportedly kill at least 3,000 folks a yr.
Timber is among the nation’s valuable pure assets. Over the past pair of decades, it has to turn into more and more scarce. Based on anecdotal proof, in the course of the Soviet-Afghan Conflict, teams of mujahideen fighters discovered secure havens in the nation’s massive woods which prompted the Soviets to bomb them.
Years of conflict and preventing have had a devastating impact on forests. Many had been destroyed, and Afghan authorities caught up in preventing didn’t see the disappearing forests as precedence. In the meantime, by 2013, no less than half of Afghanistan’s forests had disappeared. Timber trade has to turn out to be a profitable business.