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Confessions of a female student panicking when the Taliban entered Kabul

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Confessions of a female student panicking when the Taliban entered Kabul 3

On the morning of August 15, this female student was going to class when a group of female students rushed out of the dormitory, announcing that the police were evacuating them because the Taliban had entered Kabul, telling each other that the Taliban would beat the women.

Below are her thoughts:

We all wanted to go home, but couldn’t use public transportation.

Zarmina Kakar, a women’s rights activist in Afghanistan, cried during an interview on August 13 in Kabul, before the Taliban stormed the capital.

The surrounding men mocked the women and young girls, laughing when they saw them panicking.

When government offices closed, my sister ran miles across the city to get home.

I’m close to completing two of Afghanistan’s most prestigious university degrees.

I worked day and night to become the person I am today.

As a woman, I feel like I am a victim of the political war waged by men.

I like doing my nails.

Confessions of a female student panicking when the Taliban entered Kabul

Outside a beauty salon in Kabul last week.

All I see around me are the scared faces of women and the ugly faces of men who hate women, who don’t like women to be educated, to work, and to be free.

Afghan women have sacrificed a lot in exchange for a little freedom.

Now I may have to burn all 24 years of my life’s achievements.

I didn’t expect we would be stripped of all basic rights again and return to 20 years ago.

In the final months, as the Taliban took control of the provinces, hundreds of people fled their homes to Kabul to save their wives and children.

Confessions of a female student panicking when the Taliban entered Kabul

Nilofar, wearing a burqa (second from left), female teacher, gives an interview in a hut in a public park in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 13.

I couldn’t stop crying when I heard the stories of some families.

Today, when I heard that the Taliban had arrived in Kabul, I felt like I was about to become a slave.

The Taliban declared an Islamic emirate when they took power in Afghanistan in 1996, enacted strict Islamic Sharia law, banned women from working or studying, and banned Western cultural products.

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