Minister of Afghanistan who became a bicycle courier in Germany


Leipzig, Germany — Sayed Sadaat was Minister of Communications for the Government of Afghanistan before moving to Germany last September in the hope of a better future. Currently he is a deliveryman in the eastern city of Leipzig.

He said he had been criticized for having such a job at home after working for the government for two years and resigning in 2018. But for him, his current job is a job.

“I don’t feel guilty,” said the 49-year-old, standing next to his bike in an orange uniform.

“I hope other politicians will follow the same path and cooperate with the people, not just hide.”

His story is particularly striking in the development of home turmoil after the Taliban takeover. His family and friends also want to leave, joining thousands of other people on evacuation flights and trying to find other routes.

With the imminent withdrawal of US troops, the number of German asylum seekers in Afghanistan has increased since the beginning of the year, rising by more than 130%, according to data from the Federal Office for Immigration and Refugees.

But even with his background, Sadat had a hard time finding a job in Germany that fits his experience. Saadat has a PhD in IT and Telecommunications and wanted to find a job in a related area. However, due to his lack of German, his chances were small.

“Language is the most important part,” said Sadat, who also holds British citizenship.

He studied German for four hours at a language school every day, began a six-hour evening shift, and served Lieferando, who began this summer.

“The first few days were exciting but difficult,” he said, explaining the challenge of learning to ride a bike in urban transport.

“The more I go out and the more I meet people, the more I learn,” he said.

By Leon Malherbe and Riham Alkousaa