As the world has watched the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan over the last week, many commentators have nearly choked on the question: what about the women and girls?
It has been 20 years since the terror group last held control of the nation.
Between 1996 and 2001, the Taliban ruled with Sharia law, meaning women were forced to wear burkas and adhere to strict social codes or risk public floggings, beatings, or even slayings.
Young women and girls who have grown up in the era following the United States’ intervention in 2001 have grown up hearing about the horrors their mothers endured, yet they have had the freedom to dress how they like, receive an education, and work alongside men.
Now, all that has vanished nearly overnight.
"We don't count because we're from Afghanistan. We'll die slowly in history"
Tears of a hopeless Afghan girl whose future is getting shattered as the Taliban advance in the country.
My heart breaks for women of Afghanistan. The world has failed them. History will write this. pic.twitter.com/i56trtmQtF
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) August 13, 2021
In a now-viral video, a young Afghan girl tries to put on a brave face as tears stream down her face so she can tell the camera: “We don’t count because we were born in Afghanistan.”
She explained that she can’t help but cry, and that she has to wipe the tears away just to talk.
“No one cares about us. We’ll die slowly in history,” she concludes tearfully.
She’s not alone.
One woman who managed to the country as the Taliban encroached on the nation’s capital told a group of reporters who gathered around her after she arrived in Delhi that her friends were going to be killed and that rights for women and girls were gone.
#WATCH | "I can't believe the world abandoned #Afghanistan. Our friends are going to get killed. They (Taliban) are going to kill us. Our women are not going to have any more rights," says a woman who arrived in Delhi from Kabul pic.twitter.com/4mLiKFHApG
— ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2021
“I can’t believe the world abandoned Afghanistan,” she said, also crying. “Our friends are going to get killed. They are going to kill us. Our women are not going to have any more rights.”
While in our divided nation, most Americans would agree that the pullout was necessary, there is no doubt that the manner in which it has been done with no secure deal in place between the Afghan government and this evil insurgency group has left the people of this war-torn nation feeling completely abandoned.
Pray for Afghanistan, particularly the women and girls who have a horrific future ahead of them.
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