COVID-19 – How it Affected my Life

COVID-19, an infectious disease, affected thousands of lives all around the world, and I am no exception to that. I am a working mother who supports a family of seven. When cases of COVID-19 were reported from Herat, our camp in Kabul decided to shut down the location. Therefore, our management decided that employees will work from home. Working from home has its pros and cons. While being able to spend more time with my daughter, I must face the challenges of slow internet connection and difficulty in communication with my team. However, the job must be done, and the tasks must be completed.

Normally my daughter used to go to parks with her father every Friday, and she also used to meet her cousins two to three times a week. But due to COVID-19 we don’t take her out anymore, which affected her a lot. To make this period easier for her, my husband and I decided to make her an indoor swing, which now keeps her busy and entertained.

Suman Naimi

Furthermore, COVID-19 affected the food supply chain, which increased the food prices. Increase of food prices directly affects a family’s financial status and their daily life, because in Afghanistan the majority of people live below the poverty line. Most of the people live based on their daily income without having any savings. Living with my in laws where five members of the family work, we had a little bit of savings which we spent mostly on food. We bought our food three to four times higher than the usual price. Because of the quarantine announced by the government, everyone is staying at home, therefore, the food consumption is high. My two family members won’t be getting their salaries, which is a bit concerning as we still must pay the house rent, bills including electricity and gas, and daily expenses.

With that being said, the psychological effect of COVID-19 is the most concerning part. Staying at home for 24/7 is somewhat tolerable for adults, as they keep themselves busy with their social media accounts and watching TV and movies, however, it’s more tiring for kids. Normally my daughter used to go to parks with her father every Friday, and she also used to meet her cousins two to three times a week. But due to COVID-19 we don’t take her out anymore, which affected her a lot. To make this period easier for her, my husband and I decided to make her an indoor swing, which now keeps her busy and entertained.

Suman’s daughter and her indoor swing

To sum up, COVID-19 affected everyone’s life in different ways. I hope that this pandemic ends soon and everyone gets back to their normal life.

COVID-19 affected everyone’s life in different ways. I hope that this pandemic ends soon and everyone gets back to their normal life.

Suman Naimi

Author: Suman Naimi graduated from the American University of Afghanistan, majoring in BBA-Finance. She is currently working in one of the international organizations in Kabul as an accounting specialist.

Editor: Amy Whitaker

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