SYDNEY (Reuters) – From his house in Sydney, Abdul Alizada is watching occasions unfold in Afghanistan, fearful for his many relations nonetheless residing there.
He has additional trigger to be afraid. Alizada’s household belong to the Hazara, an ethnic minority who’ve for many years been focused by militants, together with the Taliban and Islamic State, for their ethnicity and non secular beliefs.
Most of the Hazara are Shi’ite Muslims, whom Sunni hardliners just like the Taliban abhor, and the neighborhood has confronted persecution and violence for many years, together with current assaults on a maternity hospital and a ladies’ faculty.
Alizada says the Hazara have been deserted by the coalition forces as the Taliban have swept to energy, and that his household in Afghanistan is terrified.
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“There is no sleep in Kabul at all,” he informed Reuters.
“They are scared … that every minute that ‘the Taliban could come to our home and ask for me’, or for the other members of the family or ask them for money or weapon.”
The Taliban’s speedy conquest of Afghanistan adopted U.S. President Joe Biden’s resolution to withdraw American forces after 20 years of battle that he stated value greater than $1 trillion.
The pace at which cities fell to the Taliban took the worldwide neighborhood abruptly and the United States is being extensively accused of mismanaging the withdrawal.
The Taliban have been placing on a reasonable face, vowing no retribution in opposition to opponents, respect for the rights of girls, minorities and foreigners, and calling for individuals to go about their enterprise. But many Afghans are sceptical and concern round-ups of previous enemies and activists.
“As soon as they hear the word, Taliban, that they’re coming to Kabul, it was a complete shock for everyone,” Alizada stated. “Everybody was trying to find a place and they couldn’t hide in their own home and they couldn’t find any place to hide.”
Sitting on the patio of his house in Sydney, Alizada calls a relative in Afghanistan, who tells him the Taliban are getting into individuals’s properties and seizing cash, automobiles and weapons.
“They already start searching homes in Bamiyan, in Mazar-i-Sharif and in some part of Kabul,” the relative stated, as relayed by Alizada.
“If people got new cars, they get their cars. If they got any motorcycles, something like that, they take it. Also, they are asking if somebody got any weapon or something. If they don’t have, they ask for money.”
Alizada is a Hazara neighborhood chief who got here to Australia in 1999 in search of asylum. He grew to become an Australian citizen in 2001 and now owns his personal development firm.
Many Afghans concern the Taliban will return to previous harsh practices. During their 1996-2001 rule, girls couldn’t work and punishments such as stoning, whipping and hanging had been frequent.
“They are looking for people who were working in the last government, and also the active people who are politically or socially active, they are looking for them,” stated the relative.
(Reporting by Jill Gralow; Writing by Tom Hogue; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)
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