Afghanistan crisis: Taliban maraud the streets of Kabul hunting girls as young as 12

Taliban gangs are reportedly marauding the streets of Kabul hunting girls as young as 12 for intercourse slaves, as militants go door-to-door attempting to trace down locals accused of serving to Western forces throughout the Afghanistan War and 20-year intervention. 

Chilling experiences have emerged of Islamist militants stalking the capital metropolis for girls and girls after the terror group swept throughout the nation and seized Kabul just about unopposed, at a pace which has surprised the US, Britain and different NATO powers.

Jihadist commanders are reportedly ordering imams in areas they’ve captured to convey them lists of single ladies aged from 12 to 45 for his or her troopers to marry as a result of they view them as ‘qhanimat’ or ‘spoils of battle’ – to be divided up amongst the victors.

The warlords are additionally attempting to trace down Afghans who co-operated with Allied forces after the invasion and toppling of the Taliban regime following the September 11, 2001 assaults, with one video exhibiting a militant capturing at a person on a wall at Hamid Karzai International Airport.

However, feminine Afghans are feared to be some of the most at-risk folks beneath the new Taliban authorities. When the Islamists got here to energy in 1996 after the nation’s terrifying Civil War, they imposed theocracy and brutalised and oppressed ladies and girls.

Afghans pouring into Kabul as refugees fleeing the march of the militants had instructed tales of how Taliban warlords had demanded they flip over ladies and girls to grow to be their ‘wives’ and be raped. The Wall Street Journal additionally reported that civilians and captured troopers have been murdered by the Islamist terror organisation – allegations that Taliban officers have denied. 

There have been experiences of women-centric retailers with notices pasted on them warning them to not enter or they might ‘face the penalties’. Taliban fighters reportedly shot lifeless a girl sporting ‘tight garments’ and in some areas ladies can’t depart dwelling with out a male chaperone. 

Other experiences say ladies are being compelled to put on face coverings and Burqas, whereas Al-Jazeera reported on Monday that the extremist group instructed feminine staff at some banks to not return to their jobs.

Earlier in the week, a magnificence salon proprietor was pictured portray over footage of feminine fashions on the exterior of his store, and a video of a young lady crying about the loss of her future went viral, reaching over 1.6 million folks.

The experiences have sparked fears of the brutalising of feminine Afghans beneath the Taliban, with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres saying he was ‘involved’ by accounts of human rights violations in opposition to the ladies and girls of Afghanistan who worry a return’ to the Nineties.

Taliban fighters are seen on the back of a vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16, 2021

Taliban fighters are seen on the again of a car in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16, 2021

An Afghan family rushes to the Hamid Karzai International Airport as they flee the Afghan capital of Kabul

An Afghan household rushes to the Hamid Karzai International Airport as they flee the Afghan capital of Kabul

Taliban gangs are reportedly marauding the streets of Kabul hunting girls as young as 12 for sex slaves, as militants go door-to-door trying to track down locals accused of helping Western forces during the Afghanistan War and 20-year intervention

Taliban gangs are reportedly marauding the streets of Kabul hunting girls as young as 12 for intercourse slaves, as militants go door-to-door attempting to trace down locals accused of serving to Western forces throughout the Afghanistan War and 20-year intervention

Pictured: A street in Kabul on Monday morning reportedly showing girls walking to school in pairs, wearing white head scarfs and black traditional clothing after the Taliban takeover, which has raised fears of a return to the brutal laws last seen under Taliban rule before 2001

Pictured: A avenue in Kabul on Monday morning reportedly exhibiting girls strolling to high school in pairs, sporting white head scarfs and black conventional clothes after the Taliban takeover, which has raised fears of a return to the brutal legal guidelines final seen beneath Taliban rule earlier than 2001

FALL OF KABUL: A TIMELINE OF THE TALIBAN’S FAST ADVANCE AFTER 40 YEARS OF CONFLICT

Feb. 29, 2020 Trump negotiates take care of the Taliban setting U.S. withdrawal date for May 1, 2021 

Nov. 17, 2020 Pentagon proclaims it is going to cut back troop ranges to 2500 in Afghanistan

Jan. 15, 2020 Inspector common reveals ‘hubris and lying’ of U.S. efforts in Afghanistan 

Feb 3. 2021 Afghan Study Group report warns in opposition to withdrawing  ‘irresponsibly’

March Military command makes last-ditch effort to speak Biden out of withdrawal 

April 14 Biden proclaims withdrawal shall be accomplished by Sept. 11 

May 4 – Taliban fighters launch a significant offensive on Afghan forces in southern Helmand province. They additionally assault in at the very least six different provinces

May 11 – The Taliban seize Nerkh district simply exterior the capital Kabul as violence intensifies throughout the nation

June 7 – Senior authorities officers say greater than 150 Afghan troopers are killed in 24 hours as preventing worsens. They add that preventing is raging in 26 of the nation’s 34 provinces

June 22 – Taliban fighters launch a collection of assaults in the north of the nation, removed from their conventional strongholds in the south. The UN envoy for Afghanistan says they’ve taken greater than 50 of 370 districts

July 2 – The U.S. evacuates Bagram Airfield in the center of the night time 

July 5 – The Taliban say they might current a written peace proposal to the Afghan authorities as quickly as August

July 21 – Taliban insurgents management a few half of the nation’s districts, in line with the senior U.S. common, underlining the scale and pace of their advance

July 25 – The United States vows to proceed to help Afghan troops “in the coming weeks” with intensified airstrikes to assist them counter Taliban assaults

July 26 – The United Nations says almost 2,400 Afghan civilians have been killed or wounded in May and June in escalating violence, the highest quantity for these months since data began in 2009 

Aug. 6 – Zaranj in the south of the nation turns into the first provincial capital to fall to the Taliban in years. Many extra are to observe in the ensuing days, together with the prized metropolis of Kunduz in the north 

Aug. 13 – Pentagon insists Kabul is just not beneath imminent menace 

Aug. 14 – The Taliban take the main northern metropolis of Mazar-i-Sharif and, with little resistance, Pul-e-Alam, capital of Logar province simply 70 km (40 miles) south of Kabul. The United States sends extra troops to assist evacuate its civilians from Kabul as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says he’s consulting with native and worldwide companions on subsequent steps

Aug. 15 – The Taliban take the key jap metropolis of Jalalabad with out a struggle, successfully surrounding Kabul

Taliban insurgents enter Kabul, an inside ministry official says, as the United States evacuate diplomats from its embassy by helicopter

 

Girls have been pictured strolling to high school in Kabul sporting conventional Islamic gown. Walking in pairs down a dusty street, the girls have been seen in white head scarfs and conventional black Shalwar Kameez as they went to high school on Monday, as young ladies described the nightmare of ‘watching every thing collapse in a blink of a watch’.

Kabul’s first feminine mayor admitted she was merely ready for the Taliban to search out and kill her and her husband.

Zarifa Ghafari, 27, instructed the i newspaper on Monday: ‘I’m sitting right here ready for them to return,is nobody to assist me or my household. I’m simply sitting with them and my husband. And they’ll come for folks like me and kill me. I am unable to depart my household. And anyway, the place would I’m going?’

Under the hardline model of sharia regulation that the Taliban imposed the final time they managed the capital, ladies and girls have been largely denied training or employment. Burqas – full physique and face coverings – turned necessary in public, ladies couldn’t depart dwelling with out a male companion, and public floggings and executions, together with stoning for adultery, have been carried out in metropolis squares and stadiums.

Under menace of execution, girls have been banned from mainstream training after the age of 8 – forcing those that needed to study to take action in secret faculties. The Taliban’s ousting in 2001 didn’t spell the finish of abuses. Women typically remained marginalised, particularly in rural areas.

But over the final twenty years, important progress was made in cities with ladies filling universities and getting into the workforce in bold positions in the media, politics, the judiciary and even the safety forces.

In the final 24 hours, distinguished ladies in Kabul and activists for girls’s rights in the area with have taken to social media to precise their ache for each a rustic and a approach of life now that the Taliban are again in management.  

Pashtana Durrani from non-profit organisation Learn Afghanistan instructed BBC Breakfast on Monday that the Taliban have to this point been unclear about how they intend to rule Afghanistan now they’re in energy.

‘In some locations they’re very good to folks after which there are locations the place they’ve been slitting throats,’ she instructed the morning present. ‘So I do not need to belief them and I’m not trusting them for his or her phrase.

‘But at the similar time, the very first thing that they did yesterday – they stripped us of our flag. They introduced down the flag. The second factor that they did, is they’re in the course of of altering the title of Afghanistan.

‘And at the similar time we’re being stripped of our political rights, our mobility rights, our social rights. So these are some speedy issues that we all know are going to occur, or are in the course of of occurring,’ she stated.  

Aisha Khurram stated she spent a sleepless first night time beneath Taliban rule, the sound of gunfire and evacuation planes puncturing the silence as she mirrored on a day that ‘shattered our souls and spirits to the core.’

‘It was like a doomsday for the complete nation to see every thing collapse in (the) blink of a watch,’ she instructed AFP information company in a collection of messages through Twitter on Monday after Taliban fighters swept into Kabul, and her neighbourhood, uncontested. 

Khurram, a 22-year-old former youth consultant to the United Nations, is simply months away from graduating from Kabul University, however she and fellow feminine college students now face an unsure future.

‘The world and Afghan leaders failed the youthful technology of Afghanistan in the cruellest approach possible,’ she stated. ‘It is a nightmare for educated ladies who envisioned a brighter future for themselves and generations to return.’ 

Malala Yousafzai, an activist for feminine training and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, who survived being shot in the head by a member of the Taliban in Pakistan when she was simply 15-years-old after the group voted to assasinated her.

Taking to Twitter, Malala referred to as on international locations to behave to guard the folks of Afghanistan: ‘We watch in full shock as Taliban takes management of Afghanistan. I’m deeply anxious about ladies, minorities and human rights advocates. 

‘Global, regional and native powers should name for an instantaneous ceasefire, present pressing humanitarian support and defend refugees and civilians.’ 

‘I begin my day taking a look at empty streets of Kabul, horrified (for) its folks,’ wrote Fawzia Koofi, a rights activist and politician, and Afghanistan’s former deputy speaker of parliament. ‘History repeats itself so rapidly.’

‘The worry simply sits inside your chest like a black chicken,’ added Muska Dastageer, a lecturer at the American University of Afghanistan, which opened its doorways 5 years after the Taliban have been ousted.

‘It opens its wings and you may’t breathe.’ 

The Twitter timeline of Rada Akbar, a 33-year-old photographer, was plagued by damaged coronary heart emojis. ‘My beloved Afghanistan collapsed earlier than my eyes,’ one publish learn.

Another entry shared a now viral {photograph} of a person portray over footage of smiling brides on the entrance of a hairdresser. ‘Erasing ladies from the public area,’ she wrote.

Akbar is thought for her putting self-portraits that have been each a declaration of her independence and heritage. An exhibition she held earlier this 12 months was compelled on-line after she confronted threats for her work showcasing some of the nation’s highly effective feminine figures.

On Monday morning, her worry was palpable.

‘I need to grow to be invisible and conceal from the world,’ learn her newest tweet.

Two days earlier than the Taliban took energy, the UN refugee company was already warning that 80 p.c of the almost 1 / 4 of 1,000,000 Afghans compelled to flee since the finish of May are ladies and kids.

On Saturday, Mr Guterres stated the rights of Afghan girls and ladies have been being ‘ripped away’ in areas that the Taliban had already seized. Sahraa Karimi, one of Afghanistan’s most distinguished ladies filmmakers, stated she had no plans to depart.

The US Embassy has been evacuated and the American flag lowered, with diplomats relocating to the airport in scenes reminiscent of the evacuation of the embassy of Saigon in 1975. Other Western countries have also closed their missions and are flying out staff and civilians after the Taliban walked into Kabul's presidential palace

The US Embassy has been evacuated and the American flag lowered, with diplomats relocating to the airport in scenes reminiscent of the evacuation of the embassy of Saigon in 1975. Other Western international locations have additionally closed their missions and are flying out employees and civilians after the Taliban walked into Kabul’s presidential palace

Aisha Khurram - a 22-year-old former youth representative to the UN - said she spent a sleepless first night under Taliban rule, the sound of gunfire and evacuation planes puncturing the silence as she reflected on a day that 'shattered our souls and spirits to the core'

Aisha Khurram – a 22-year-old former youth consultant to the UN – stated she spent a sleepless first night time beneath Taliban rule, the sound of gunfire and evacuation planes puncturing the silence as she mirrored on a day that ‘shattered our souls and spirits to the core’

Pictured: A beauty salon owner painting over the image of a female model in Kabul amid fears that women's rights could be torn up by the misogynistic Taliban

Pictured: A magnificence salon proprietor portray over the picture of a feminine mannequin in Kabul amid fears that ladies’s rights might be torn up by the misogynistic Taliban

Malala Yousafzai, an activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, who survived being shot in the head by a member of the Taliban, Tweeted on Sunday expressing her concern for women, minorities and human rights advocates under the Taliban's rule

Malala Yousafzai, an activist for feminine training and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, who survived being shot in the head by a member of the Taliban, Tweeted on Sunday expressing her concern for girls, minorities and human rights advocates beneath the Taliban’s rule

Pictured: Fawzia Koofi, a rights activist and politician, and Afghanistan's former deputy speaker of parliament, said that she spent her day horrified for the people of Kabul

Pictured: Fawzia Koofi, a rights activist and politician, and Afghanistan’s former deputy speaker of parliament, stated that she spent her day horrified for the folks of Kabul

History repeats itself: An Afghan woman wearing a traditional burqa walks on the side of a road as a Northern Alliance military vehicle carrying fighters and the Afghan flag, drives in the outskirts of Jabal us Seraj, some 60kms north of the Afghan capital Kabul November 4, 2001

History repeats itself: An Afghan lady sporting a standard burqa walks on the facet of a street as a Northern Alliance navy car carrying fighters and the Afghan flag, drives in the outskirts of Jabal us Seraj, some 60kms north of the Afghan capital Kabul November 4, 2001

‘I can’t abandon my nation till the final second,’ she stated in a video posted on Twitter, wiping away tears.

‘Perhaps, many will suppose that is foolishness. But foolishness is what was achieved by those that abused our homeland… Foolishness is what the world confirmed by turning its again on us.’

Divorced ladies too face scorn or a lot worse from the Taliban. One lady, talking of her expertise of divorce in Afghanistan, instructed the Guardian: ‘When I turned 20, my household married me to a person we did not know very nicely. But it wasn’t a very good match, and we divorced seven years later.’

She stated she was subsequently rejected by her household and group: ‘I had nothing and nowhere to go,’ she added.

Another lady instructed they feared the return of apply of compelled marriages of young girls and widows to Taliban fighters. 

She stated: ‘We are very anxious about the compelled marriages by the Taliban. If they come for us like this, then we’ll finish our lives. It shall be the solely choice for us.’  

Female journalists additionally face an unsure life beneath the Taliban. Zahara Joya, a journalist who arrange her personal information web site named Rukhshana Media final 12 months, stated she feared returning to a life beforehand lived beneath the Taliban.

The Twitter timeline of Rada Akbar (pictured in Kabul in June), a 33-year-old photographer, was littered with broken heart emojis. 'My beloved Afghanistan collapsed before my eyes.'

The Twitter timeline of Rada Akbar (pictured in Kabul in June), a 33-year-old photographer, was plagued by damaged coronary heart emojis. ‘My beloved Afghanistan collapsed earlier than my eyes.’

Sahraa Karimi, one of Afghanistan's most prominent women filmmakers, said she had no plans to leave. 'I will not abandon my country until the last moment,' she said in a video

Sahraa Karimi, one of Afghanistan’s most distinguished ladies filmmakers, stated she had no plans to depart. ‘I can’t abandon my nation till the final second,’ she stated in a video

Ms Joya was compelled to decorate up as a boy so as to go to high school and grow to be educated.  She instructed the Guardian: ‘The Taliban had closed down all the girls’ faculties and solely boys have been allowed to go. I used to be adamant I needed to check, so I might gown up as a boy and took on the title ‘Mohammad’ and enrolled at the college.

‘I don’t need us to return to these days.’ 

And she fears it is going to worsen for journalists like herself, saying: ‘Security is worsening and my reporters wrestle with the challenges of reporting from the rapidly altering frontlines.’ 

Meanwhile, the United Nations chief referred to as for an instantaneous finish to violence in Afghanistan and urging the worldwide group to unite to make sure that the human rights of all folks, particularly ladies and girls, are revered.

Mr Guterres appealed to the Security Council at an emergency assembly on Monday ‘and the worldwide group as an entire to face collectively, work collectively and act collectively.’

He stated he’s ‘significantly involved by accounts of mounting human rights violations in opposition to the ladies and girls of Afghanistan who worry a return to the darkest days’ in the Nineties when the Taliban dominated and barred girls for getting an training and imposed draconian measures on ladies.

Pictured: Burqa clad women walks past a billboard on the wall of a beauty salon in Kabul on August 7, 2021, ahead of the Taliban takeover of the city

Pictured: Burqa clad ladies walks previous a billboard on the wall of a magnificence salon in Kabul on August 7, 2021, forward of the Taliban takeover of the metropolis

Mr Guterres stated ‘the world is following occasions in Afghanistan with a heavy coronary heart and deep disquiet about what lies forward’ and with the nation’s future and the hopes and desires of a technology of young Afghans in the stability, the coming days ‘shall be pivotal.’

At this ‘grave hour,’ the secretary-general urged all events, particularly the Taliban, ‘to train utmost restraint to guard lives and to make sure that humanitarian wants might be met.’

Mr Guterres stated the UN continues to have employees and workplaces in areas now beneath Taliban management, and which to this point have been revered. ‘Above all, we’ll keep and ship in help of the Afghan folks of their hour of want.’

‘We can’t and should not abandon the folks of Afghanistan,’ he stated. 

A heartbreaking video of an Afghan girl voicing her anguish at the world's treatment of her country has gone viral, days before the Taliban successfully established their control of Afghanistan on Sunday

The emotional video, which garnered roughly 1.6M views, was initially posted to Twitter by human rights activist Masih Alinejad and features a crying girl whose identity remains unknown

A heartbreaking video of an Afghan lady voicing her anguish at the world’s therapy of her nation has gone viral, days earlier than the Taliban efficiently established their management of Afghanistan on Sunday

A heartbreaking video of an Afghan lady voicing her anguish at the world’s therapy of her nation has gone viral – amassing 1.6 million views – days earlier than the Taliban efficiently established their management on Sunday. 

The emotional video has already garnered tens of millions of views after being posted to Twitter by human rights activist Masih Alinejad, and includes a crying lady whose id stays unknown.  

‘We do not rely as a result of we have been born in Afghanistan,’ the tearful lady explains in the 45-second clip.

‘I can’t assist crying,’ she provides. ‘No one cares about us. We’ll die slowly in historical past.’ 

In a press release of Monday, Doctors Without Borders stated its operations throughout Afghanistan haven’t been affected by the seizure of Kabul.

While many foreigners have fled the nation, the group, identified by its French initials, MSF, continues to have some worldwide employees on the floor.

It additionally has greater than 2,300 Afghan colleagues unfold out throughout 5 Taliban-held provinces: Kandahar, Herat, Kunduz, Khost and Helmand.

Pictured: Taliban fighters stand guard along a roadside near the Zanbaq Square in Kabul on August 16, 2021. Victorious Taliban fighters patrolled Kabul on Monday after a stunningly swift end to Afghanistan's 20-year war. Women now fear for their rights under the extremist group

Pictured: Taliban fighters stand guard alongside a roadside close to the Zanbaq Square in Kabul on August 16, 2021. Victorious Taliban fighters patrolled Kabul on Monday after a stunningly swift finish to Afghanistan’s 20-year battle. Women now worry for his or her rights beneath the extremist group

Taliban fighters take control of Afghan presidential palace after the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. In the weeks leading up to their return to power, the Taliban's leadership have strived to portray a softer image than when they last ruled Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001, but women are struggling to take comfort from such assurances

Taliban fighters take management of Afghan presidential palace after the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the nation. In the weeks main as much as their return to energy, the Taliban’s management have strived to painting a softer picture than after they final dominated Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001, however ladies are struggling to take consolation from such assurances

Filipe Ribeiro, MSF’s nation consultant in Afghanistan, stated the group’s feminine medical practitioners in these provinces have resumed work and have been already veiled or in the sky-blue burkas earlier than the Taliban takeover, in step with native norms and customs.

‘We don’t face any impediments as regards to feminine employees coming to work,’ he stated, referring to MSF-run tasks in these provinces.

As the Taliban pushed to takeover Helmand and Kunduz, MSF employees tended to giant numbers of folks wounded in the preventing, he stated.

Speaking from his base in Kabul, Mr Ribeiro stated the capital’s streets have been quiet and calm on Monday, regardless of scenes of chaos unfolding at the airport.

The group halted its essential operation in Kabul after May 2020 following an assault on a maternity ward that was blamed on the so-called Islamic State group.

Mr Ribeiro stated the focus stays on supporting Afghanistan’s welfare.

‘We have to bear in mind the well being system was already dysfunctional beforehand, and these days it is vital to maintain supporting the Afghan inhabitants and to ensure that the medical companies will proceed,’ he stated.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern begged the Taliban to uphold ladies’s rights after the Islamists.

‘I might simply once more implore those that made these strikes in current days to acknowledge what the worldwide group has referred to as for – human rights and the security of their folks,’ she stated at a information convention in the capital Wellington.

‘What we need to see is ladies and girls having the ability to entry work and training. These are issues which have historically not been out there to them the place there was governance by Taliban.’

Ardern’s mediation comes as China, Russia, Pakistan and Turkey all seem set to formally recognise Taliban rule, whereas others like British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have warned that no state ought to recognise the new authorities.