Meet the story of the Afghan who wanted to be a Bitcoin miner and fled the Taliban to Turkey
Meet the story of the Afghan who wanted to be a Bitcoin miner and fled the Taliban to Turkey By Editor DailyBitcoin Newspaper

Muhammad Ali, an Afghan migrant from Khost who planned to start his own cryptocurrency mining business, illegally crossed into Turkey from Iran, to flee the Taliban.


As all the media have told, the Taliban movement took this month almost all the territory of Afghanistan and now controls the country, with the terrible consequences that this implies for the population in the issue of Human Rights, with the loss of all kinds of freedoms. Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing in every possible way, the horror stories are repeated daily.

Today, Reuters

tells us how this affected one member of the crypto community: it’s the story of Muhammad Ali, an Afghan in his 20s, a computer and design student, who said he dreamed of building a cryptocurrency business before the Taliban began their sweep across Afghanistan. The seizure, which affects the country politically, economically and socially, forced him – like so many – to embark on a journey west through Iran and Turkey, evading border guards and security searches as he went.

Ali, born in Afghanistan’s Khost province, after a weeks-long trek through Iran and then a journey by bus and boat to Turkey, took refuge in a drainage tunnel on the outskirts of the Tatvan district of Turkey’s eastern Bitlis province. He told Reuters

he was waiting for transport west and wanted to go to Europe. About 50 other people took shelter with him.

This Reuters image shows the Afghan refugee in the tunnel, along with a group of men


Formerly youtuber

The young man told how he had a YouTube

channel where he posted videos on topics including how to make money online.

“I was planning a Bitcoin or Ethereum

mining business … Suddenly, everything changed and the Taliban took over all of Afghanistan,” he said.

There is no internet. If there’s no internet, I can’t do my job there. If we had smartphones that had a camera, the Taliban wouldn’t allow it.”

Sadly, a day after speaking to Reuters, Ali sent a message.

From text to agency. “We were arrested by the police,” he said.

In recent weeks, Turkish police have detained some 300,000 Afghan migrants. Those captured in Bitlis are sent to a repatriation center in Van, although Afghans are currently not being sent back to their country because of the unrest there.

Source: Reuters

Translation and version by DiarioBitcoin

Image from Unsplash (referential of the country, not of the case narrated)