“Work is work”: Afghan’s ex-minister on turning delivery boy in Germany
“There is no shame in the job at all. Work is work,” said Sayed Sadaat.Author : Divyanshi Soni
Sayed Sadaat was once the minister in Afghanistan but later he quit as he was fed up with the corruption. Now, he is working as a delivery boy in Germany. His working timings are for six hours on weekdays and from noon to 10 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
“There is no shame in the job at all. Work is work. If there is a job, it means there is public demand... someone has to do it,” he told media agency AFP.
Sadaat is one of the Afghans who have found shelter in Germany over the last few years. Since 2015, around 2,10,000 have fled to Germany from Afghanistan. This has made them the second biggest group for seeking protection from Germany.
After the terrorist group – Taliban captured Afghanistan, Germany has saved around 4,000 Afghan people, including those who worked with NATO forces and others who need protection.
Sadaat was the minister in Afghanistan from 2014-2018. In 2018, he quit as he was fed up with the corruption in the government. He said, “When doing the job as a minister there was a difference between the president's close circle and myself. Their demands were for private benefit, I wanted the money for government projects to be implemented properly. So I could not fulfill their demands and then they tried to push me, put pressure on me from the president's side.”
He had a consultancy job in the telecommunication sector in Afghanistan but, by 2020, the security situation had deteriorated. So he decided to leave, he told the media.
As he was an Afghan-British citizen, therefore, he decided to go to Germany at the end of 2020, before Brexit.
In Covid-19 related lockdown, he learned German and now he is taking four hours of German learning classes, before going on the bicycle for food delivery.
The job pays up to 15 Euros ($18) an hour, which are enough for his living expenses.