“No one feels safe right now.”
These are the words of a prominent female figure in Afghanistan with a good and precise knowledge of what is happening in the country.
We spoke with her by phone earlier today. Because of the threat to her, she has requested that we renounce her name.
“We are in a state of shock,” she said, as images circulate of Taliban fighters openly abusing women in the streets of Kabul they now control.
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Taliban spokespersons have said they will allow women to participate in the country they plan to rule, unlike their harsh treatment of women and girls in the past.
“They haven’t changed,” she said. “They are worse. In fact, they are stronger than before. They are barbarians.”
There are reports of women cleaning their online data and destroying documents, fearing anything that could be considered incriminating.
“They are taking revenge,” she told us. “They search door to door… enter hundreds of homes… pass through cell phones.”
As for this woman, she tells us, since the Taliban entered Kabul on Sunday, she has concealed her identity, moving several times. When she tried to take a break from Kabul airport to join an evacuation flight, she was turned back hard by Taliban fighters, her husband punched with the butt of a rifle.
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When we asked her if she had any hope for the future, she answered without hesitation: “No! No ! No !
At that point, her husband told her that she had been on the phone for too long and cut our conversation off.
For women and all those caught up in the Taliban onslaught, the poignant story continues.
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