Last Friday, August 13, a video posted on Twitter by Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad went around the world and touched the hearts of millions of people.
In the video, a young Afghan girl is seen crying and saying that no one cares about Afghans and they will slowly die.
The young woman expresses her concern about what they will have to live through under the Taliban regime.
“We don’t count because we were born in Afghanistan,” says the young woman, very distressed and adds, “I can’t help crying.”
On the same Friday, the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres, published a statement in which he expresses his concern about the situation in Afghanistan with the Taliban advance and states that women and children are the most harmed by this situation.
The statement shows the UN Secretary’s concern about the human rights violations occurring in the areas under Taliban control, mainly against 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,” Guterres said in the statement.
It should be noted that Afghanistan was under Taliban rule between 1996 and 2001, then they were overthrown by the U.S. after the 9/11 attack on the twin towers.
Under the Taliban regime, girls were not allowed to go to school, and women could only show themselves publicly in full-body clothes and escorted by men.
Women who did not follow the strict mandates of Islamic law as interpreted by the Taliban were flogged and even publicly executed.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai expressed her concern about the situation in Afghanistan on social networks.
The Pakistani activist asks world powers to call for an immediate ceasefire, urgently send humanitarian aid and protect refugees and civilians.
The world is worried about what will happen to Afghan people under the Taliban, as the memory of what happened during their last government is present among Afghans and the rest of the world.
All the progress made in the country since 2001 is in serious jeopardy, and there are fears for the future of Afghan women.
According to local reports, Taliban soldiers are going door-to-door and forcing girls as young as 12 to marry them. They force the imams (men with leadership positions in Islam) to create “marriage lists” and offer girls as sex slaves.
Women between the ages of 12 and 45 are considered spoils of war and forced to marry Taliban soldiers.
Thousands of Afghans are trying to flee the country, knowing the future that awaits them. Their desperation was apparent as many even tried to climb into the fuselage of a U.S. Navy plane as it was taking flight.
Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani was forced to flee the country on Sunday, Aug. 15, along with his closest aides after the Taliban stormed the capital, Kabul, seizing power and dominating the nation.