A bakery in Kabul: The Taliban has decreed that bread prices are not allowed to go up.

A bakery in Kabul: The Taliban has decreed that bread prices are not allowed to go up.

Foto: Juan Carlos / DER SPIEGEL

Tall Task for the Taliban Afghanistan Teetering on the Brink of Economic Collapse

Rising prices, a fragile currency and a state that is running out of money: The Taliban are facing immense economic challenges in Afghanistan. And many of the country's top executives doubt they are up to the task.
By Christoph Reuter in Kabul
The streets of Kabul are lined with used washing machines, cabinets and pots that have been put up for sale.

The streets of Kabul are lined with used washing machines, cabinets and pots that have been put up for sale.

Foto: Juan Carlos / DER SPIEGEL
The Sarai Shahzada market in central Kabul has become the largest site for currency exchange in the country.

The Sarai Shahzada market in central Kabul has become the largest site for currency exchange in the country.

Foto: Juan Carlos / DER SPIEGEL
"The Taliban still don’t seem to have understood how serious the situation is."

A bank executive in Kabul

People waiting in front of a bank in Kabul: "You first have to release our money!"

People waiting in front of a bank in Kabul: "You first have to release our money!"

Foto: Juan Carlos / DER SPIEGEL
Vendors on the streets of Kabul have multiplied, trying to sell furniture, gas stoves and whatever might bring in a bit of money.

Vendors on the streets of Kabul have multiplied, trying to sell furniture, gas stoves and whatever might bring in a bit of money.

Foto: Juan Carlos / DER SPIEGEL
A view of the Kabul city-center

A view of the Kabul city-center

Foto: Juan Carlos / DER SPIEGEL