Female Afghan Journalists On The Run From Taliban
Female Afghan Journalists On The Run From Taliban
Female Afghan journalists are on the run from the Taliban as the terrorists take over the country.
Two days ago I had to flee my home and life in the north of Afghanistan after the Taliban took my city. I am still on the run and there is no safe place for me to go.
Last week I was a news journalist. Today I can’t write under my own name or say where I am from or where I am. My whole life has been obliterated in just a few days.
I am so scared and I don’t know what will happen to me. Will I ever go home? Will I see my parents again? Where will I go? The highway is blocked in both directions. How will I survive?
Think about that folks, an Afghan journalist, a female, is on the run from the Taliban. In a country that is imploding.
One of the reasons it is imploding? Biden got elected and arbitrarily said ‘Everybody OUT!’ and thus the Afghanistan pull out of our troops commenced post haste. Without consideration of those left behind. The interpreters, the children, the women. The women journalists.
The Taliban is sweeping through the country consolidating its power. They are once again imposing their reign of terror across the land. What was once old is new again.
Women bankers are no longer allowed.
The Taliban have spies everywhere.
One teacher lifted her burqa on a warm morning and bared her face for just a moment, said Mah Jan, an educator in the northern Balkh province, where the Taliban has made significant inroads in recent months. Soon after, another colleague glanced at her phone.
Then came a message from the Taliban, delivered through a local elder. If they committed the same infractions again, the militants warned, “we will take you away and nobody can save you,” Mah Jan recalled.
Mah Jan, who declined to provide a last name out of fear of retribution, said a constant hum of dread has compelled her to say a final farewell to her family every morning before school, just in case she is killed in clashes between home and her ever-shrinking classroom.
Girls schools aren’t, as the WaPo implies, being shuttered voluntarily. Nope, the Taliban is once again imposing their dictatorial anti-woman edicts across the country. Which means women, according to the Taliban, are nothing but chattel whose only role is to be controlled by men.
The journalists, REAL journalists as compared to the fools at CNN, are trying to get the news out regarding what is happening to their country. These women are doing their damndest to tell the story while in active fear of their lives, that of their families, and essentially everyone around them.
Many of the women journalists such as Sadaf Siddiqui have no choice but to work under a pseudonym. Yet they persist against overwhelming odds. Shakiba Saeedi says it best.
“Journalism is my passion and it is a major responsibility, so I am continuing working despite the major changes in our environment,” she told Gandhara. “Our major challenge is security as fighting continues in many provinces.”
Saeedi says while the government often has complaints about the work of journalists, Taliban control would be devastating.
“The ideology of the Taliban is clear to everyone,” she said. “The Taliban is the same as it was in power two decades ago when it deprived women of key liberties,” she said. “It deprived women of the right to choose, education, employment, and even the right to go out of their houses,” she added. “We are now seeing that the Taliban is again imposing the same restrictions on women in the areas they control.”
Understandably, the Afghan women and the journalists working to report on their behalf are rightly ticked off at both the Afghan leadership and world leaders.
Will the Biden Administration pay any heed to that well deserved smackdown? Not hardly. As Toni bluntly wrote here, the Taliban is winning while our generals play politics and Biden goes on vacation.
Courageous Afghan women and journalists are sounding the alarm. Media outlets such as The Guardian are now their voice for them while they do everything they can to survive.
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THEY are fighting with words and with guns. THEY know the harm the Taliban represents to their country, themselves, and to the world. THEY are doing their damndest to stop the Taliban. What is the U.S. doing? Begging the Taliban to leave our pretty embassy building alone. What is the EU doing? Issuing sternly worded warnings, warning that the Taliban is laughing at. This is what those brave women are up against.
Will the U.S. Embassy fall to the Taliban? It’s a sure bet given those terrorists have now swept seventeen capitals, including Helmand where U.S. soldiers saw some of the bloodiest fighting over the years, and are well on their way to take over more.
One journalist asked, “Please pray for me.” We are praying for you, we are praying for all of you.
Feature Photo Credit: Afghan women voters 2014 via USAID on Flickr, cropped and modified