‘No one cares about us’: Crying Afghan girl shares fears of ‘dying slowly in history’ in viral video as her country is taken over by the Taliban
- The emotional video was posted to Twitter by activist Masih Alinejad and quickly racked up over 1.6 million views
- The clip features a crying girl whose identity remains unknown, voicing her anguish at the world’s treatment of her country
- ‘We don’t count because we were born in Afghanistan,’ the tearful girl explains in the 45-second clip
- The video was posted days before before the Taliban successfully established their control of Afghanistan on Sunday
- The Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, enforcing a brutal interpretation of Islamic law
- Public executions were commonplace, while women accused of adultery were stoned
- Under the previous Taliban rule, girls could not go to school while women could only appear in public in full body coverings and male escorts
- Those who flouted the rules were flogged publicly or executed
- Local reports say jihadist fighters have already forced village elders to compile forced ‘marriage lists’ for girls as young as 12
The emotional video has already garnered millions of views after being posted to Twitter by human rights activist Masih Alinejad, and features a crying girl whose identity remains unknown.
‘We don’t count because we were born in Afghanistan,’ the tearful girl explains in the 45-second clip.
‘I cannot help crying,’ she adds. ‘No one cares about us. We’ll die slowly in history.’
The Taliban previously ruled Afghanistan from 1996-2001 before they were ousted by a US-led campaign following the 9/11 attacks.
Under Taliban rule, girls were banned from attending school, while women could only appear in public wearing full body coverings and accompanied by male escorts.
Women who did not faithfully observe the Taliban’s strict interpretation of Islamic law were publicly flogged or executed.
On the same day the video was posted, United Nations’ Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement that ‘Afghanistan is spinning out of control’ and that the conflict is ‘taking an even bigger toll on women and children.’
In addition, Guterres said he’s ‘deeply disturbed by early indications that the Taliban are imposing severe restrictions on human rights in the areas under their control, particularly targeting women and journalists.’
‘It is particularly horrifying and heartbreaking to see reports of the hard-won rights of Afghan girls and women being ripped away from them,’ he added.
Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai also shared her concerns via Twitter on Sunday.
‘We watch in complete shock as Taliban takes control of Afghanistan. I am deeply worried about women, minorities and human rights advocates.
‘Global, regional and local powers must call for an immediate ceasefire, provide urgent humanitarian aid and protect refugees and civilians.’
Malala became a symbol for human rights advocates when in 2012 she survived being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan.
Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai tweeted about her concerns regarding the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan after she was shot in the face on a bus by a Taliban gunman
Previously, Afghan women were not allowed to work, study, or be treated by male doctors unless accompanied by a male chaperone.
Individuals who violated the sexist laws were imprisoned, publicly flogged, and even executed.
The international community eventually worked to open schools for girls and allowed women to return to work following the Taliban’s ousting from power in 2001.
However, now that the Taliban has taken control of the Afghan capital Kabul, the future for Afghan women remains uncertain.
Local reports say Taliban fighters are already going door-to-door and forcibly marrying girls as young as 12 as Jihadist commanders order imams to create ‘marriage lists’ and offer girls for sexual servitude.
Girls as young as 12 are being taken from their homes and forcibly married to Taliban fighters in areas of Afghanistan they now control as part of the ‘spoils of war’ (file image)
Hundreds of thousands of Afghanis have been displaced from their homes in recent weeks by fighting, with fears that could swell to millions if entire country falls
Taliban soldiers are to marry the women aged from 12 to 45 for their because they view them as ‘qhanimat’ or ‘spoils of war’ – to be divided up among the victors.
Thousands of people have attempted to flee the country at Kabul airport, while others have already begun preparations in anticipation of what is likely to be a brutal and misogynistic Taliban rule.
A workman was seen painting over the image of a female model on a beauty shop in Kabul yesterday, amid fears that businesses and individuals seen to be promoting women’s rights will face severe punishment.
A beauty salon owner has today been seen painting over the image of a female model in Kabul amid fears that women’s rights could be torn up by the misogynistic Taliban
Divorced women, human rights activists and female journalists in particular face a serious threat from the Taliban takeover.
One female journalist described fleeing a city in northern Afghanistan – which she did not name – and going into hiding with her uncle for fear the Islamists would hunt her down and execute her.
The 22-year-old said she fled under the noses of Taliban gunmen while disguised beneath a burqa and went with her unclear to a nearby village – but was forced to flee again after informants told the militants of her presence.
Now holed up in a remote location somewhere in the country’s north, she said she fears for her life and the safety of her family – ‘Will I ever go home? Will I see my parents again? Where will I go? How will I survive,’ she said.
The Taliban’s return to power occurred despite hundreds of billions of dollars spent by the United States building up Afghan government and its defense forces.
On Sunday, the US Ambassador to Afghanistan and some of his staff were seen fleeing their Kabul workplace as the Pentagon increased the number of troops deployed in the region from 1,000 to 6,000.
Ambassador Ross Wilson was seen arriving at Kabul airport, as other Americans still in the country were ordered to shelter in place, after shots were fired at the city’s airport.
A rapid evacuation is underway at Kabul airport – the only route out of Afghanistan – after Taliban leaders entered the presidential palace
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Late Sunday night, the State Department announced all personnel had been evacuated from the US Embassy in Kabul and were at the airport.
‘We can confirm that the safe evacuation of all Embassy personnel is now complete. All Embassy personnel are located on the premises of Hamid Karzai International Airport, whose perimeter is secured by the US Military,’ State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.
Initially, the aim had been to have staff removed within 72 hours, but the Taliban’s advances across the Afghan capital Kabul prompted the immediate removal of all staff.
A U.S. Chinook helicopter flies near the U.S. Embassy as smoke rises in Kabul, Afghanistan, late on Sunday night
Afghan displaced people who fled from their homes during the fighting carry their belongings in a public park in Kabul
While the Taliban have portrayed themselves on the international stage as reformed moderates, those on the ground say fighters (pictured) are brutal extremists