A few months ago, a college girl Afghan woman went out alone in Kabul. Despite the restrictions the Taliban placed on women’s education, she was clear: I would keep working.
However, the Taliban, who saw him in the city, arrested him. They took him to the police station. Error: going out alone. Under Taliban law, a woman should never be leave the house alone or with a man other than her husband, father or older brother. According to the Taliban penal code, to do this”moral corruption“.
“They started giving me electric shock. On your back, face, neck… wherever possible. They called me whore. Someone pointed a gun at me and said, ‘I’m going to kill you and no one can do that’. find his corpse‘” This woman explained to the NGO Amnesty International.
“For an Afghan girl, going to jail is a death warrant. Once you pass that door, you are already stamped, stamped. And this trace cannot be erased,” says the young woman.
A year full of unfulfilled promises
In August of last year, just a year ago, when the Taliban came to power with the conquest of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, its leaders and spokesmen. they filled their mouths with promises: They shouted to the world that the group has changed, that they will not take the same measures as in the 1990s, that they will be more tolerant, that they will not oppress anyone, that they will allow women and students. live Free born in Afghanistan.
However, time eroded them, and as the months passed, the Taliban felt more secure in power, the cruel laws of the ancients they came back.
One after another: for women, forbidden going out without a man in the family, the prohibition of reading after secondary school, the obligation to cover with a veil from head to toe, work in the public sectoror (except nurses and teachers), to talk – in person or online – with boyfriends and, in addition, a long date, etc., which adds a big boost. forced and child marriages. Restrictions were also placed on men, but much lighter.
“I think it’s wonderful failure The Taliban had been unable to move from the area. gun war to the government. They really failed to treat Afghans. reputation. An example is the ban on secondary education for Afghan women. This is a purely ideological question. The Taliban are making excuses, talking about technical problems, like Afghans or international community they believed it. Also, the Taliban attack the press. Against anyone reporting the truth. They do not accept any criticism,” he explains. Bilal SarwareAn Afghan journalist who went into exile in August 2021, just after Kabul was captured by the Taliban.
An endless crisis
In addition to the pressures, there is an economic and humanitarian crisis like no other in the world. By UN, About 95% of Afghans live below the poverty line. This is because, first of all, withdrawal of the international community Since Afghanistan’s previous government in Kabul, with the advent of the Taliban, it has been completely foreign aid. Now, that help is gone.
Then other factors are added. “In addition to the collapse of the economy, we see many natural disasters such as the earthquake in Paktika. 1000 people; and flood in the south of the country. This completely destroyed an economy’s crops and flocks. feeding their own people‘ says Sarwary desperately: ‘You feel discouraged for the people of Afghanistan.
“Recently a cholera epidemic in the provinces Oruzgan and Helmand. I spoke to a doctor there and he assured me that they had nothing to treat patients. none paracetamol‘, explains Sarwary, implying that this is a sign of the minor link between the Taliban regime and other capitals of the world.
After the conquest of Kabul, after a break, many embassies returned to Afghanistan to send teams. But very few have known To the new government of the Central Asian country. Something that is a death sentence for Afghans for this journalist. “Taliban recognition needs to happen. But for that to happen, of course, the Taliban need to change their policies. They need to treat Afghans and especially Afghan women with more respect. compromise policy. However, this did not happen, and it does not seem likely to happen in the short term.