A bunch of Afghan ladies too younger to recall the Taliban’s 1996-2001 rule are experiencing the identical trauma as soon as recounted by family members after the group retook management of Afghanistan, main hundreds to flee the nation.
“We are going back to darkness,” mentioned one of many college college students evacuated to Qatar, who described emotions of hysteria and fear and like others declined to offer particulars that would establish them or their households again home for safety causes.
“It’s all the stories that we were hearing from our parents and our grandparents, and at that time it was a story but now it’s like the nightmare came true,” a second lady mentioned.
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The 4 who spoke to Reuters are amongst tons of of Afghan college students, largely ladies, evacuated to the Gulf Arab state.
When they final held energy, the Taliban strictly enforced their ultra-conservative interpretation of Sunni Islam that included banning ladies from going to highschool or working.
Many doubt the militant group’s proclamations that this time ladies’s rights will likely be protected beneath the framework of Islam.
“Everybody knows how harsh and brutal that era was,” the second lady advised Reuters at a residential compound within the capital Doha housing evacuees, together with different nationalities.
She mentioned she didn’t consider there have been sufficient feminine academics in Afghanistan for the gender-segregated lessons the Taliban insist on.
The group of ladies mentioned that the Taliban’s values have been alien to them and that they might not return to Afghanistan so long as the group exerted management, even beneath a power-sharing authorities.
“I feel like I no longer belong to this country and I cannot have my country back because the situation is getting worse day by day,” the third lady mentioned.
“It took us 20 years to build our country and … now everything has collapsed,” one other ladies added.
The third lady mentioned she tried to carry a bit of soil along with her however it was left behind in baggage at Kabul airport. Now all she has to remind her of Afghanistan is her passport.
She didn’t know the place she would settle however mentioned she was decided to do her greatest to discover a new home and full her research.
“I will do whatever I can do … because I don’t see the future inside (Afghanistan).”