Sunday, August 7

The Valencian town of Casinos offers to host Zafira Ghafari, the youngest mayor of Afghanistan threatened by the Taliban

“I am waiting for the Taliban, they will come and kill me.” This is how Zarifa Ghafari, the youngest mayor of Afghanistan, expressed herself a few days ago in an interview with the British media Inews. Ghafari, 27, a women’s rights activist, had to flee Maidan Wardak – the capital of Vardak province – after numerous threats, several failed attacks and the murder of her father, which occurred last year.

Now, the mayor of the Valencian town of Casinos, Miguel Navarré (Compromís), has sent a letter to the Government delegate in the Valencian Community, the socialist Gloria Calero, in which he offers the municipality to welcome Ghafari, her husband and children “not because it is a welcoming and empathetic society with the human being, but because it is a symbol of what the Taliban want to destroy and bury.”

Navarré explains that, as mayor, “it would hurt me if the only Afghan mayor, who is the voice of those who will be oppressed by the new Taliban government, is assassinated or her rights are trampled on by order of the new regime that has just installed itself in Afghanistan”.

In his letter, the Valencian mayor recalls that Zafira Ghafari, “activist and icon for Afghan women”, has been “without help” and has not been able to flee his country after the Taliban seized power. “In the face of looming democratic repression – the last time the Taliban were in power they trampled on the fundamental rights of women and children – the lives of many Afghans are in danger,” he explains.

As mayor “of a small town”, Navarré urges Calero to take the necessary steps with the government and the Spanish diplomatic mission in Afghanistan so that Ghafari and his family “can leave the country and settle in a safe place.”