Journalist Nasrin Nawa fled Kabul on Friday, but her sister wasn’t able to make it out.
Warned of militants raiding the homes of journalists and activists, Nawa told her sister (also a journalist) to hide their ID cards and to destroy her beloved guitar. The Taliban are “capable of killing you for your art,” Nawa recalls in a Washington Post op-ed.
As the US continues its chaotic withdrawal and the Taliban strengthens its grip on Afghanistan, women and girls are already facing harsh limits on their lives, Axios reports.
They include being:
- Forced to wear a burka
- Banned from university studies—and even schools after age 12
- Forced from their jobs as businesspeople, judges, etc.
- Harassed and “lashed” for wearing revealing clothes
In a statement from the UN Human Rights High Commissioner, UN human rights experts expressed outrage at the “wanton attacks on civilians” and violence against women and girls in Afghanistan. They called for an investigation of “war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.”
The Quote: “We don’t count because we were born in Afghanistan. ... No one cares about us. We’ll die slowly in history,” an Afghan girl says, crying, in a widely circulated video.