Like hundreds of other Kabul residents, Aisha Ahmad rushed to Hamid Karzi International Airport on Monday, hoping to catch a flight out of the country as it became clear the government would fall into the hands of the Taliban.
Ahmad did not get away with it. On Twitter, she asked for help from a third country, only to receive death threats, she said.
The 22-year-old student recounted her experience to CNN and explained why she is afraid for the future.
His experience at the airport: Ahmad said she received a call from a friend in the United States and was told that people were being transported out of Afghanistan by military flights. She didn’t believe him at first, but when a second friend called and said the same, she thought maybe they were both right.
The streets were quiet as she ran towards the airport, save for the occasional crackle of gunfire. The people were calm and looked curious.
But at the airport, Ahmad said “there were thousands of people, many without passports and little security. She got stuck.
“The crowds were pushed by the police,” she said. “Children and women were on the ground.”
Ahmad said it looked like “the day of the end of the world”.
“I thought at one point that it was the end and that I would die,” she said.
Although she failed to get out of Kabul, she escaped the airport with only abrasions and bruises.
Will she go back to school: The Taliban spokesperson and leaders said they plan to lead an “inclusive Islamic government” and allow women and girls to go to school. Many Afghans are deeply skeptical of these claims, as it represents a major shift from the fundamentalist and totalitarian tendencies that marked the group’s rise to power in the 1990s.
“Some people say the Taliban has changed, others say they haven’t,” Ahmad said. “To be honest now, I don’t believe the Taliban.”
Taliban leaders said people should continue to go about their daily lives for now, including women who go to school. Ahmad said based on what she sees on TV she thinks she can go back to school but is not exactly sure.
She worries that she won’t be able to complete her college education and fears that things will get more difficult for women in the days and weeks to come.
“Certainly there will be restrictions for women, but we don’t know how much,” Ahmad said.
“People are not much outside, and they don’t know what their daily activities will be like when life is back to normal. Are they going to force the stores to close during prayer time? punishment for not going to the mosque, will they force people to leave? … Nobody knows, “she said.
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