September 24, 2021

Green Tea Graffiti

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A student from the Bamiyan region of central Afghanistan

On August 18, in Kabul, posters depicting women were marked by the Taliban in front of a beauty salon.

“I am scared. Over the past few days, I have noticed the white flags of the Taliban replacing the tricolor flags of Afghanistan.

They are the new masters of Bamiyan. My hometown is named after two Buddhas [détruits en 2001 par les mêmes insurgés], Fell without war on 15 August. The governor left the camp. Since then, like many Afghan women, I have not walked the streets. I worry about myself and my future. They are successfully driving the city in government cars seized by the Taliban. They forcibly take food from people. Like the rest of Afghanistan, Bamiyan is now their city.

“On my computer, I did not have the heart to delete photos of our club, including the girls and boys we see, cycling. I put them in a file and selected the” Hide “option.

I belong to a bicycle club. In this group, many of my comrades have already left. A friend of mine went to Kabul. I don’t know if it still exists. Morally, I was not well. I could not stop crying. I wonder if I can continue cycling and study. This year I thought of training as part of the Afghanistan Women’s National Cycling Team. I had already started studying English to apply for a master’s degree in geography. With the arrival of the Taliban, we women have no chance to go to college and work.

To prevent the Taliban from entering our house, I put all my sports clothes in a box I had hidden. On my computer, I did not have the heart to delete photos of our club, including the girls and boys we see, cycling. I put them in a file and selected the “Hide” option. I am 24, lonely, and hear that the Taliban are pursuing single Afghan women. I am afraid I will be forced to marry a Taliban member. I don’t know what to expect.

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I am Hazara [minorité chiite en Afghanistan et cible des talibans, islamistes sunnites]. The Taliban did not recognize our obedience. The last time they were in power [de 1996 à 2001], They massacred many Hazaras. At that time, my family took refuge in Iran.

Again, we will probably be deported. Already, my older brother, who worked in an American organization, moved to Pakistan a few days ago. He was frightened by rumors that people working for foreigners or for the government would be arrested or killed by the Taliban.

I think I will take refuge in Pakistan or Iran today. But I do not have a passport and the passport office in Kabul is closed. Does France issue a visa? What are the conditions? “

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