KABUL, Afghanistan 

In the midst of a creepy coronavirus pandemic, war-weary Afghans found themselves grappling with another grim dilemma — skyrocketing prices of basic commodities as officials blamed hoarding and panic buying.

For the landlocked country going through a political crisis and years of raging insurgency, border closures – this time over fears of coronavirus, trigger bitter memories from the past causing panic.

Bringing back haunting memories

The capital Kabul’s main “Mandawi ” market — which is otherwise only frequented by local vendors and small scale traders from neighboring provinces for wholesale purchase — has been offering chaotic scenes of

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