Afghan journalist, Nazira Karimi, whose family was tortured before they fled to America, broke down in tears as she informed Pentagon spokesman John Kirby how upset she and other Afghanis are over the fall of her country to the Taliban.
Kirby had the unpleasant task of making remarks following President Joe Biden’s speech earlier in the day where he blamed everyone but himself for the fall of Afghanistan. The Pentagon spokesman took questions and called on several reporters before calling on Karimi.
“As you know, I’m from Afghanistan,” she remarked. “I’m very upset today because… overnight all the Taliban came.”
“They took off my flag. This is my flag. And they put their flag. Everybody is upset, especially woman,” Karimi tearfully asserted, pointing to the Afghan flag on her mask. “Where is my president, former President Ghani?” Ghani fled Afghanistan as the Taliban seized control.
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“People expected that he [would leave] with the people, and immediately he run away. We don’t know where is he, and we don’t have a president. President Biden said that President Ghani know he has to fight for us people. They have to do everything, and we will able to financially help them. But we don’t have any president. We don’t have anything,” Karimi stated.
“The Afghan people, they don’t know what to do,” she said helplessly. “Woman has a lot of achievement in Afghanistan. I had a lot of achievement. I left from the Taliban like 20 years ago. Now we go back to the first step again.”
It is being widely reported that the Taliban swept across the country executing the men and taking child brides, sometimes as young as 12-years-old, who are forced to marry Taliban fighters. Many women have reportedly been raped and taken as sex slaves in the conquest.
“Do you have any comment? Where is our president, Ghani? He should answer to Afghan people,” she told Kirby. Unfortunately, all he had were platitudes and no real substance to give Karimi.
He said he couldn’t speak for Ghani, “but let me say with all respect that I understand, and we all understand the anxiety and the fear and the pain that you’re feeling. It’s clear, and it’s evident.” Many would find that statement laughable in the extreme.
“Nobody here at the Pentagon is happy about the images that we’ve seen coming out in the last few days,” Kirby underwhelmingly stated. He then claimed they were “mindful” of what the Taliban was capable of when it is horrifically obvious to the world what the terrorists are doing currently.
He infuriatingly claimed that the Pentagon had “invested greatly” in Afghanistan and in “the progress that women and girls have made politically, economically, socially.”
‘We certainly do understand and we do feel the pain that you’re feeling, probably not to the same extent,” he groveled, proclaiming that they did take it “very, very seriously” to “honor that obligation” to help the Afghans who helped the United States.
Karimi started out as a reporter in 1990 for Afghanistan National TV before becoming a correspondent with BBC Persian, Radio Free Europe. Her questions to Kirby were asked on behalf of the Ariana Television Network, which is a private television network based in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Her family was harassed and subjected to death threats, torture, and violence by the Taliban according to the Daily Mail. They almost beat her husband to death and she was also marked for death in the 1990s. The UN eventually relocated the family to the United States after they fled to Pakistan. Although Karimi, her husband, and her children found refuge in America, they had to leave behind her mother, sister, and brother.
Two Taliban men beat her mother and tried to rape her sister, but her brother managed to fend them off. He fled after that and was shot in the feet by the terrorists for his trouble.
After that, all 16 members of Karimi’s family went into hiding. Her family was denied refugee status twice in 1999 by the UNHCR.
She was so desperate to get them out of there that she threatened to set herself on fire in front of the White House.
Eventually, the entire family’s refugee and resettlement application was processed as an emergency case and they relocated to the United States.
People are disgusted by Biden and the Pentagon’s feckless response as Afghanistan falls to terrorists:
This is not Saigon!
This is Saigon on steroids.
— Saralyn Bora Clay (@BoraClay) August 16, 2021
He wants to say : we understand and we don’t give a shit about it. We will save ourselves and who is important for us.
— LSudaSil (@LSudaSil) August 16, 2021
All America has is “yes, i understand…”
No you don’t, if you had, you’d help those poor women and children like your own.
— Yunish Dahal (@y_u_nice) August 16, 2021
— KIZHAKKE MATOM RADHA (@MATOMRADHA) August 16, 2021
She should have expected Biden would do this.
— newsm2005 (@newsm2005) August 17, 2021
That young lady spoke so well through fear and sadness. She asked, “Where is my president?” It is the first of many questions the good people of Afghanistan are asking. Also, where is Mr Biden? Does Mr Biden know where Mr Biden is?
— Chela McGuire (@McguireChela) August 16, 2021
Biden just threw all Afgan females to the wolves. He talks about humanitarian issues but this proves he is all just lip service.
— Grant (@Grant03625770) August 16, 2021
Fall of Saigon 2.0
Fall of Phnom Penh 2.0 pic.twitter.com/3Q1JQ6FJVU
— jrabit (@Spearmint1527) August 16, 2021
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