VIDEO. Sayed Sadaat claims that he fled his country months before the Taliban became power. He now delivers take-out meals in Leipzig.
Formerly, he was a minister for Afghanistan. Sayed Sadaat, who is now based in Germany works as a delivery guy for bicycle take-outs.
Sayed Sadaat works six hours a week and on weekends from noon to 10 p.m. He wears the bright orange jumpsuit that is his company’s emblem.
“There’s nothing to be ashamed about, it’s an ordinary job”He explains it in Leipzig’s streets. “If there are jobs, it is because demand is high and someone must fill it.”The 50-year-old philosopher.
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He was a difficult person to transition to, however. This could be the beginning of the next phase for the few thousand Afghans who had to be evacuated recently by German forces after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan. Or, those who might be able to arrive in greater numbers by themselves in the months or years ahead.
For many years, Afghans have been second in Germany as migrants after Syrians. Some 210,000 asylum applications were filed since 2015.
Sayed Sadaat arrived in Kabul several months before the fall of the Taliban-ruled regime. From 2016 to 2018, he was Afghanistan’s Minister of Communications. He now claims that he quit his position because he was tired from government corruption.
He was employed as a consultant in Afghanistan’s telecoms sector. In 2020, however, the security situation has worsened. “So I decided that I would leave.”He said so.
He is a dual Afghan-British citizen, but he chose to settle in Germany at the end 2020. This happened just before Brexit made the process more complicated for Her Majesty’s residents.
He believes that he is more likely to find work in the largest European economy because he works in the sector he loves. Problem: His lack of German knowledge was immediately a problem. The Covid-19 pandemic and confinement made learning difficult.
From now on, he dedicates himself to it at a rate of four hours per days, before getting onto his Lieferando delivery bikes.
He receives 15 euros an hour. He earns 15 euros an hour, which is half the minimum wage in Germany (9.50 euro), but still a modest salary. He claims that he is able to provide for his family despite all of this.