Roya Rahmani, who served as Afghanistan’s first female ambassador to the United States until last month, said Afghan women were “in a state of panic” after the Taliban took over the country two weeks ago .
“What we are hearing is that the feeling of panic increases exponentially, because there is [are] the multiple threats faced by Afghans, especially Afghan women and girls. They are the ones who will lose the most, ”Rahmani told another network.
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“There are alarms already for Afghan women, and they are in a state of panic,” she said.
Rahmani, who sat alongside Yasmeen Hassan, the global executive director of Equality Now, said the Taliban was trying to rebrand itself as a more moderate version of the hard-line Islamic militant group, but that we will not have a full picture of “Taliban 2.0” until the United States completes its evacuation effort and withdraws completely from the country on Tuesday.
“Yes [the Taliban] went to take control of a village that was already conservative and subject to tougher rules, they came back and applied the same things as in 1996, “Rahmani explained.” If they took over a province and a village who were more in education and they demanded that their daughters go to school, then [the Taliban] shows more leniency.
“But now it’s a different story,” she continued. “Now they have the whole country. Now they are in total control. We are only seeing the tip of the iceberg.”
“No one had imagined that,” she said earlier in the conversation. “No one had potentially guessed that this would be the way we ended these 20 years of struggle and success and progress and all that we have together. It is a tragic consequence.”
Rahmani was born in Kabul in 1978, a year before the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, and she grew up as a refugee in Pakistan. She told CNN earlier this month that Afghanistan’s collapse in the face of the Taliban was “absolutely” preventable and that President Biden’s military withdrawal from the country “had sped up the process of the Taliban’s takeover at the same time. speed of light”.
In an interview with Fox News the day after the collapse of Kabul, Rahmani described the progress made by women in Afghanistan over the past 20 years since the ousting of the Taliban by US-led forces. She noted that prior to the US intervention in 2001, girls were not allowed to go to school and needed male escorts just to leave home.
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“All these people who have been educated, who have been empowered, they fear not only of losing these capacities, their rights, their potentials, but also their very way of life”, she declared.
His comments on Sunday came three days after ISIS-K terrorists attacked Kabul airport during the US evacuation effort, killing 13 US servicemen and more than 170 Afghans.
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