Afghan director warns of what could happen in Afghanistan after Taliban seizure of power two weeks before the United States is ready to complete its troop withdrawal following a costly two-decade war .
Sahraa Karimi is the first and only woman in Afghanistan to hold a doctorate. in film and film making and is Managing Director of the Afghan Film Organization.
She took to twitter Friday in an appeal to the international film community to speak out on the protection of the country’s population.
“I write to you with a broken heart and deep hope that you can join me in protecting my beautiful people, especially the Taliban filmmakers,” Karimi wrote in the lengthy memorandum. “In the last few weeks, they have slaughtered our people, they have kidnapped many children, they have sold girls as children married to their men… It is a humanitarian crisis, and yet the world is silent… They are going to ban all art. Me and other filmmakers could be next on their hit list. “
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As for the Afghan people, Karimi blamed the media and other humanitarian organizations for remaining silent and for abandoning those in Afghanistan with the troops and US citizens withdrawn from Kabul.
“We have grown used to this silence, but we know it is not fair,” she wrote. “We know that this decision to abandon our people is wrong, that this hasty troop withdrawal is a betrayal of our people and everything we did when the Afghans won the Cold War for the West.”
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Karimi insisted in her decree that she anticipated that young girls attending school would likely be forced to leave under the Taliban.
“Our people were forgotten then, leading to the shadowy rule of the Taliban, and now, after 20 years of immense gains for our country and especially our younger generations, all could be lost again in this abandonment.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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