He was an important government minister and ended up working as a pizza delivery: who is he?

Sayed Sadaat, 49, served as Communications Minister for two years, but overnight left his post, left his native country and set out on a new path in search of a better future for himself and his family. For a few months he has been working for delivery in Germany and did not expect to be surprised by local journalists.

Sadaat is a professional in computer science and telecommunications, he was part of the Government of Afghanistan as minister between 2016 and 2018, but left his post due to discrepancies with the government circle of former President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who resigned and left the country after the Taliban they will take power in Kabul two weeks ago.

“I hope that other politicians also follow the same path, working with the public instead of just hiding,” he said in reference to his resignation.

The former communications minister left his native country in December 2020, long before the difficult situation Afghanistan is going through today. The 49-year-old man has British nationality, but decided to go to Germany to seek a better economic future and hoped to have a “leadership” role in his area.

In dialogue with Reuters he found that he was criticized at home for ending up as a delivery after having “served in the government” for two years. “I have nothing to feel guilty about,” he said of his new job as a delivery man.

When he arrived in Germany, he had a hard time finding a job, despite having a former minister’s title and experience in the area of ‚Äč‚Äčinformation technology and telecommunications. One of the main barriers he had to face was language.


Sayed Sadaat in his role as Minister of Communications in Afghanistan.

“The language is the most important part,” Sadaat said. Encontes began studying German, studying for four hours at a language school before starting his six-hour evening shift as a delivery for the Lieferando company in the city of Leipzig.

After the media made his story public and it toured the world, the manager of the company where he currently works wants to know him. According to the journalist Josa Mania-Schlegel, they would have offered him a position in corporate communication. This implies a promotion for the man who decided to start from scratch in another country.

Following in his footsteps are thousands of others who, for reasons of public knowledge, wish to flee Afghanistan on evacuation flights or other routes that allow them to reconnect with their compatriots. The number of asylum applications to Germany increased more than 130 percent after the fall of Kabul, according to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. /Chronicle

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