Afghani women call for help as Taliban takes over the country

As the Taliban took over Afghanistan over the weekend, the fear of women being tortured, sexually assaulted and forcefully married are returning to the country. Some women are standing up against the inhumane treatment by the Taliban, even though the group is claiming that it will now give rights to women

Sahraa Karimi

An Afghan filmmaker Sahraa Karimi, who is also the first female chairperson of the Afghan Film Organisation, penned a letter of appeal to the film fraternity all around the world. Karimi requested people to save the Afghani people, especially women and girls, from the tortures of the Taliban.

"They have massacred our people, they kidnapped many children, they sold girls as child brides to their men, they murdered a woman for her attire, they gauged the eyes of a woman, they tortured and murdered one of our comedians, they murdered one of our historian poets...," she wrote in her letter.

Read the letter here:



Nadia Ghulam

Nadia Ghulam, an Afghan woman, has come out and revealed that she had to disguise herself as man for 10 years to save herself from the torture of the Taliban before 2001. Her story has come as a reminder of what the future holds for the Afghan women and girls who are once again trapped in the country under the forced rule of the terrorist group.


Shabnam Khan Dawran

Shabnam Dawran, an Afghan female anchor who works for a TV station RTA Pashto, has revealed that she was denied entry into her office citing regime change as a reason. She said that although she was carrying her badge ID and was entering the office during her normal shift hours, she was told to go back home. 

"I went to RTA but they told me that the regime has changed. you are not allowed, go home," she said in a video.

Watch her video here:




Khalida Popal

Afghanistan's former women's football captain Khalida Popal also revealed that she is worried about the safety of her team players in the country. She considers herself "privileged" for gaining an asylum in Denmark. She said gunmen are being sent to the houses of the "enemies".

She has now urged her all sports players in Afghanistan to 'burn their kits, delete social media, and erase public identities'.

"Women family members of mine that have been out in the street have either been told to turn round and go home and not go to school or been beaten," she told AFP by phone from Copenhagen.  

Read more here on WION


Salima Mazari

One of the first women governors in Afghanistan, Salima Mazari, has reportedly been captured by the Taliban after the terrorist group started taking over the country over the weekend. She is known as woman who took up arms to fight the Taliban insurgents.

Watch her story here on WION


Zakia Khudadadi

Afghan athlete Zakia Khudadadi, an upcoming athlete from Herat is begging the world leaders to come forward to help her and other fellow Afghan citizens. Khudadadi was about to become the first 23-year-old athlete to represent the country in Paralympics. However, she was unable to travel to Japan as the Taliban took over the country.

Read more about her, here on WION


Aryana Sayeed

Afghanistan's biggest popstar, Aryana Sayeed, has successfully fled the country a little after Taliban gained control on Sunday.

“I am well and alive and after a couple of unforgettable nights, I have reached Doha, Qatar and am awaiting my eventual flight back home to Istanbul,” she said in an Instagram post.

Read more about her, here on WION


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