In a shifting report a journalist, who escaped from Afghanistan, has described how life has taken a 180-degree flip for Afghan girls after the autumn of Afghanistan to the Taliban.
Hollie McKay, writing in The Dallas Morning Information mentioned that after the takeover of Kabul final week, the Taliban have been going house-to-house within the nation, on the lookout for girls and women over 15 for marriage.
McKay mentioned that although she was in a position to go away Mazar-e-Sharif, her Afghan associates who stay behind are gripped by the worry of the unknown that awaits them.
“I considered how onerous girls had fought for his or her freedoms on this nation, solely to have them cleaved away with a click on of the insurgency finger,” mentioned McKay.
McKay wrote a few 14-year-old lady whom she had met at a displacement hub on the periphery of Kabul earlier that week. The lady had run for her life from the combating in Kunduz and simply needed an schooling and to at some point turn out to be a health care provider.
She additionally wrote about one other Afghan girl Fariha Easer, who she met a few years earlier. Fariha, who was once the voice of embattled Afghan girls and roamed the risky nation to convey the tales of Afghan girls to gentle and to be a potent pressure for change, broke into one million items after the Taliban takeover.
“My associates on the skin are begging me to go away my nation,” Fariha mentioned. “However how can I, when my sisters are struggling?”, reported The Dallas Morning Information.
“However ache and invisibility should not all these extremely courageous activist fears. She informed me the Taliban have been going house-to-house, on the lookout for girls and women over 15 for marriage. A month in the past, rebel members arrived on the doorstep of her pal’s residence in Badakhshan, which fell to the group a number of months in the past, on the lookout for younger brides. Fariha informed me the story she heard from her pal,” mentioned McKay.
“They had been saying that they’re the saviours, the guards of Islam, the liberators of the West,” Fariha mentioned in a tiny however agency voice. “They requested one father to present over his daughters as wives. They mentioned one of many Taliban is a mullah, and so they should make an engagement for him.”
Solely the request, as informed to Fariha, was a rhetorical one. There was no alternative. The single 21-year-old was taken away at midnight.
“After the wedding, they took the younger girl away. However the father discovered after three days that it was not solely the Taliban who married her and had intercourse along with her, she was being raped by 4 others each evening,” Fariha recounted the story.
“The daddy went to the district governor and was informed there was nothing he may do. No matter may very well be executed, he should do himself.”
In a slim silver lining to a drastically unhappy tragedy, the daddy fled with all his daughters into hiding, reported McKay.
The prospect of being forcibly married to the Taliban now afflicts thousands and thousands of Afghan women and girls; the safety blanket as soon as supplied to them by the NATO presence has been torn away, reported The Dallas Morning Information.
“Nothing has modified. They [the Taliban] try to say that they’ve modified their behaviour, however they haven’t,” Fariha mentioned, a quiver in her delicate voice. “They haven’t modified, and they won’t change. They’re outlined by violence, killing, by a relentless violating of human rights.”
“In my very own expertise of being contained in the northern metropolis of Mazar-e-Sharif because it fell final Saturday, I noticed the bustling metropolis brimming with girls instantly turn out to be a ghost city. The few girls who finally stepped into the sunshine had been sheathed in blue burqas, neither seen nor heard,” mentioned McKay.
(With ANI inputs)