The Soviet intervention in Afghanistan has proved to be a serious blow to traders in the capital, Kabul.
GV Street in Kabul
SV Boarded-up shopfront ZOOM INTO CU doorway
SV Shopkeepers on pavement outside shop
GV Shuttered shopfronts (2 shots)
SVs Piled goods on pavement outside general goods store and shop-keepers (3 shots)
GV EXTERIOR Factories with closed gates (3 shots)
CU PULL BACK TO GV Closed factory gates
GV Mosque ZOOM INTO SV minaret
GV & SV Bazaar with civilians and soldiers walking through (2 shots)
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Background: The Soviet intervention in Afghanistan has proved to be a serious blow to traders in the capital, Kabul. Although Kabul is calm, and for many life has returned to normal, business has fallen off dramatically in the shops and bazaars of the city.
SYNOPSIS: One of the most serious consequences of the military intervention has been a big fall in tourism. In normal times, thousands of young Westerners could be seen in Kabul, bringing badly needed cash to local businessmen. For years, Afghanistan was a focal point of the 'hippie trail' to the East.
Now there are few tourists to be seen, and many goods remain unsold. Soviet troops and advisors rarely venture onto the streets to shop after a number of violent incidents. A soldier was reported to have been killed after he complained about the price of meat in the bazaar. Political uncertainty has also led to the closure of a number of Kabul factories which no longer have a market for their goods.
Another problem is a lack of man-power. Many able-bodied men have either fled to Pakistan as a refugees or are serving in the armed forces. But the Soviet presence has had little effect on religion in this devoutly religious country. The new President, Babrak Karmal, has tried to avoid antagonising the Islamic leadership in Iran.