A young Afghan mother is distressed by the idea that the women of her country are losing hope of having a future for herself and their daughters with the reconquest of Afghanistan by the Taliban.

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“I wanted to change the country so that my nine month old daughter has a better future than me and today, with the situation, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to do anything for her. I want to see my daughter grow up, I want to see her educate herself and especially that she can have opportunities in life ”, confides, the trembling voice, a 28 year old Afghan, who lives in Herat, a city of the west of the country.

Out of fear for her life and safety, the one who lives more than 800 km from Kabul, the capital of the country, asked to remain anonymous so as not to be found by the Taliban who established a regime of terror between 1996 and 2001.

During a call made through an encrypted telecommunications application, the young mother remembers the arrival of the Americans and the Allied forces in her country. She was then 8 years old.

“Before, my father used to give lessons at home to my brothers and me since we did not have access to school. When the Americans came, we were able to go to school. Then we went to high school, then to university in Kabul, ”explains the one who graduated in law and political science.

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The chances of getting out were close at hand.

More hope

But by taking over the country after 20 years of war, the Taliban have destroyed all hope for the future for young people and especially for women, she says sobbing.

“Our future, our plans are gone. Our dreams are gone, our careers too.

It’s so sad to see that now we no longer have our place in society. I feel so weak, I can’t do anything to change this, I don’t have the power to do it. I have no choice, I have no voice, ”she drops.

Soon, she could lose her rights and her equality with her husband, with the return of sharia, the Islamic law that the Taliban advocate.

So the only way out would be to find refuge in another country, she thinks. With her husband, they also applied to try to obtain a visa to flee to Canada with their toddler.

This promised land allows her to dream of continuing to fight for equality, of encouraging women to get involved in the development of their community and to talk about their problem, as she had been doing for four years.

“I hope we manage to come,” she said in shy English.

Already changes

In the current context, the young mother had to stop working, because it is becoming too dangerous for her.

“It is better that women do not work, so as not to have a problem,” she blows.

Men who work in offices have also swapped their suits and ties for more traditional outfits. Some women have started to put on the full veil, the burqa. Scared to go out, they also go out much less since the arrival of the Taliban, says the 28-year-old woman.

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This return twenty years ago also made him fear that in a few months Afghanistan would fall into oblivion again, while today the world has its eyes riveted on its country.

“In the 1990s before the September 11 attacks, no one knew what was going on here. It was when the Twin Towers collapsed that we saw what was happening there. I hope that in a few months, we will try to help us again, ”she said with a tight throat.


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