“The Taliban are stationed right in front of the door, we cannot get out. There are several armed militiamen in an SUV. They knock on the doors of the neighbors. We are very afraid, what will become of us?”, Explains an Afghan journalist, desperate and her voice choked with terror .
There are thousands of messages like this in which women who practiced liberal professions, or related to the international coalition, send letters, as concise as they are heartbreaking, to foreigners who worked and lived in Afghanistan , with the aim of escaping from the yoke they are in. imposing the jihadists .
The victory of the insurgents represents a return to the vision of Islam that is more extreme and denies fundamental rights to women . The burqa is its highest expression in the cities, towns and villages of Afghanistan, although in recent years they have been seen less and less in the capital, Kabul .
The well-known and iconic -for evil- blue garment, although it can be white, green and even red, depending on the region, is already making a strong comeback in the provinces where “its price has increased and they are being produced piecemeal”, as confirmed a local source.
At the moment, the political representatives of the Taliban have not publicly ordered the use of the burqa , and their political police are not implementing it in the streets. But sales are skyrocketing because women are afraid, and those who for twenty years have carried out activities that fundamentalists consider contrary to ‘ sharia’ , Islamic law, even more so.
That is to say that, implemented or not, the burqa is once again becoming a shield , a barrier to avoid the gazes of the Taliban fighters and their political henchmen, who walk through the streets with their weapons on their shoulders and a cane in the hand with which to whip those who break the strict jihadist moral code.
The rules dictated by the group, under penalty of corporal punishment or death , which rule out any dream of freedom on the part of Afghan women, and which are now official. Even more so if the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan , as the Taliban have called the new regime, gets international recognition, since then they will be accepted by those who shake their hand.
“I have spoken with many women who did not experience the previous Taliban regime and they assure that they will not take it,” Khurram, the Afghan Youth Representative at the UN until 2019, told ‘Bloomberg’. “I don’t know what will happen to the younger generations,” he adds about a youth who was born and raised in a war that they were told was being fought for their rights, but which has ended with the victory of the group created by Mullah Omar after the evil called the “fall of Kabul”, according to the Afghan poet, Shafiqa Khpalwak.
“It is not the fall of Kabul but that of our identity, freedom and culture. That of our history, our diversity, dreams and future. The same one that we were promised would be different, better,” writes Khpalwak, one of the poets best known in Kabul for their activism for gender equality in Afghanistan.
A woman who knows the few advances achieved after 20 years of international intervention, which are now canceled, at the helm of the Musawer Foundation, whose objective is to bring the benefits of literature to the homes of Afghan children.