Monday, August 8

On Afghanistan: an area of ​​silence

The first time I heard about the war in Afghanistan was in school, I was in first or second year of ESO. I remember that our teacher told us about the issue of war and the highly visible manifestations of “No to war.” Demonstrations and discontent that were expressed but not heard, the peoples did not want war, but there was war anyway. I remember the fear, the thinking, what if it gets here? Fears of a girl. A girl who knew that the war in Afghanistan was serious, but that it was beyond her control and her complete understanding.

20 years have passed and I am no longer in school. Afghanistan is once again in the hands of the Taliban. It is in all the news, we are seeing live the coming to power of a regime that openly tortures, rapes, and kills, whose leaders are wanted as terrorists, but now they will be legitimate leaders (whatever that means legitimate in this case). Perhaps now the story of the maid does not seem so much fiction. Human rights, what is that?

In Spain, some people have decided to mobilize, for instance, creating initiatives to make visible and request asylum for Afghan women, other people report based on long experience working in Afghanistan or with proven historical information, There are also those who criticize and denounce from the first improvement of the situation of migrant women in Spain, to the one that must save all those who want to flee Afghanistan not focusing only on women, or the absurdity of where are the feminists ?, There are those who have pseudo-protested by burning burqas in the street (I do not comment on this because as I bite my tongue, I poison myself), and others look for clicks and give lessons to people with posts such as the “Afghanistan conflict in 2 minutes” (I really doubt much that the complexity of all this can be explained in 2 minutes or 4 images on Instagram), that if it was the United States that formed the Taliban, that now Russia or China are going to take sides, that if this with Trump would not happen (be careful, not all the lessons are given by people with training in warfare in general, or in the conflict in Afghanistan in particular 🤷🏻‍♀️). Influencers who say “this should be news, not the photo of C. Tangana’s yacht” or what we have all shared: 29 things Afghan women cannot do with the Taliban.

Perhaps it is okay to bring simplified information about the conflict to the common population on social media. Educate, make visible, comment, make noise, let everyone know! But does our knowing it make us not let it go? On the other hand, this overexposure and repetition of the same oversimplified information leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The taste of the click and the easy like.

Even so, I can’t stop reading the news, watching the videos, the tweets, reading the opinions, the stories, I read and read, and it hurts. In the WhatsApp group we discussed it: what a shame, how hard. We read and grieve. Too I have shared this type of informative content in my stories on Instagram, perhaps because I felt better giving visibility, perhaps because that girl who did not understand when they told her about the war in the first year of ESO, felt that she understood more. Maybe because she read and hurt alone, and she wanted to read and hurt with someone else.

I feel that, despite all this obsessive intake of information, I do not think I know beyond the extremely basic of this conflict, indeed, it would be very daring and it would denote a lack of humility on my part to speak of absolutely nothing about it. My voice, like many others, in this case, is better silent, showing respect, empathy and pain for our Afghan brothers and sisters. I have nothing to teach, but I do have a lot to feel and a lot to learn.