Terror has gripped the Afghan population for weeks. A terror that no longer has an outlet, since the Taliban have begun to enter the capital, Kabul this Sunday, and is thus completing the takeover of the entire country. With this, the citizens who remain in Afghanistan – an exodus almost comparable to the one that took place in Syria is taking place – will have to live under the strict laws of a rigorist Islam that completely rejects the way of life and the freedoms and rights it offers The West, something that especially threatens women.
The “puppet government has not renounced Western culture … and if it does not, we have to kill them,” Ainuddin, a former madrasa (religious school) student who is now a military commander, told the BBC this week.
However, Haji Hekmat, a local Taliban leader, insists to the British media from the city of Balkh that daily life remains the same.
Those days the bazaar was still packed with people, both men and women, but they are seen wearing the full burqa, something mandatory to be able to go out on the street.
Haji Hekmat insists that no one is being “forced” and that the Taliban are simply “preaching” that this is how women should dress. Taxi drivers have also been instructed, according to the BBC, not to bring any women into the city unless they are fully covered.
Women lock themselves at home
This climate of presumed ‘normality’ does not extend to all the cities taken over by the Taliban. On social networks you can read comments that ensure that women have locked themselves in their homes.
Salima Mazari, one of the few district governors in the country, voiced her fears about a Taliban takeover early Saturday in an interview from Mazar-e-Sharif, before it fell. “There will be no place for women,” said Mazari, who rules a district of 36,000 people near the northern city. “In the Taliban-controlled provinces, there are no more women, not even in the cities. They are all incarcerated in their homes.
Among the first steps taken by the Taliban is the appointment of the hard-line cleric Mujeeb RahmanAnsari as minister of women’s affairs in Herat. This has been described as “strongly against women’s rights.” She rose to fame around 2015 for dozens of billboards she installed in Herat that told women to wear the Islamic hijab and demonized those who promoted women’s rights.
Salima Mazari was captured by the Taliban. After the surrender of Balkh, Chahar Kent district has also fallen to the hand’s of Taliban and Salima Mazari, the governor of this district captured by the Taliban fighters. pic.twitter.com/pfmnl627Ui
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Mazari, who has spent the last few days trying to recruit fighters to defend the areas still under government control, as she herself told AFP, would have been captured in the last hours by the Taliban.