As the Taliban brutally took control of Afghanistan in a matter of days, a video surfaced reportedly showing a “hopeless Afghan girl” crying in fear over what her future holds under the terrorist group’s oppressive rule.
“We don’t count because we were born in Afghanistan,” the unidentified girl quietly is reported to have said through tears in a heart-wrenching 45-second clip.
“I cannot help crying. I have to wipe my tears to be able to film this video,” says the whispering girl while sitting in a car.
“No one cares about us,” the girl asserts. “We’ll die slowly in history. Isn’t it funny?”
The viral video has now been viewed more than 2.1 million times. It was posted on Twitter by human rights activist and Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad. “Tears of a hopeless Afghan girl whose future is getting shattered as the Taliban advance in the country. My heart breaks for women of Afghanistan,” she tweeted. “The world has failed them. History will write this.”
"We don't count because we're from Afghanistan. We'll die slowly in history"
Tears of a hopeless Afghan girl whose future is getting shattered as the Taliban advance in the country.
My heart breaks for women of Afghanistan. The world has failed them. History will write this. pic.twitter.com/i56trtmQtF
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) August 13, 2021
“It is heart-wrenching to watch this hopeless Afghanistan girl crying,” one user tweeted.
Another wrote, “This is heartbreaking to listen to, the brutal cruelty this regime will do is unbearable, how can the rest of the world allow this to happen.”
“Can’t even begin to imagine how frightened these Afghan women might be. ‘We don’t count because we are from Afghanistan, we’ll die slowly in history,’” said another.
This girl has every right to fear what will happen to her. The Taliban are said to be taking child brides as young as 12-years-old as they sweep Afghanistan. Reports and rumors say they are executing the men even if they surrender… sometimes burning them at the stake and many times beheading them. The women and girls are repeatedly raped as the bloodthirsty terrorists go from town to town solidifying their control of the country.
Twenty years ago before the United States stepped in, Afghan women were not allowed to be educated or to work. They were forbidden treatment by male doctors unless they were accompanied by a male chaperone. Those who violated Sharia law were publicly flogged and raped, imprisoned, and often executed.
Women were forced to wear the suffocating burqa and had to be accompanied by a male relative whenever they went outside. Those who were found guilty of crimes such as adultery were also stoned to death. That included women who were raped as they were typically blamed for the atrocity.
Once the Taliban was removed from power in 2001, the international community put schools in place for girls, and women were allowed to return to work.
Now that the Taliban is once again in control of the country, Afgan women fear for their lives and even if they survive, they face a bleak future of abuse and servitude.
“I cannot stop thinking and worrying about my friends, my neighbors, my classmates, all the women in Afghanistan,” an unidentified female journalist in Afghanistan fearfully told The Guardian.
(Video Credit: Fox 13 Tampa Bay)
The suppression of women has already begun. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated on Friday that the Taliban is now imposing severe restrictions on women’s human rights.
“It is particularly horrifying and heart-breaking to see reports of the hard-won rights of Afghan girls and women being ripped away from them,” he added. That is an understatement especially if you consider not being raped a “right.”
The heartbreaking tears of this girl not only saddened many but enraged them as well:
What is happening in Afghanistan is one of the biggest tragedies facing the world right now. Why are we not all united in confronting this gross violation of human rights and violence against women and girls?
— Diversity at Work Communications Training (@yourdiversity) August 13, 2021
So sad you can really see the pain in her eyes. Pulling out while the region was so unstable was/is such a bad idea
— Mikey007 (@MichaelHohenst1) August 13, 2021
We need to be ready to grant political asylum en masse, and let the Taliban know that civilian atrocities will be met with intervention. We broke it, we own it. Of course we won’t – the Biden administration will probably just avert its eyes and hope it goes away.
— Davidicvs (@davidbwade) August 13, 2021
You do count. Your lives matter. Words can’t adequately express how helpless so many of us feel, that the UN isn’t sending peace-keeping troops & our governments aren’t sending emergency troops to help you & your people. Our prayers for you all are joined with your prayers now.🙏🏽
— Sharon Gitau (@sharongitau) August 15, 2021
The policy of setting a random date for withdrawal and going ahead with it regardless of the situation on the ground is causing a humanitarian disaster. We are pulling a sick joke on the generation of young Afghans who grew up without the Taliban’s oppressive rule. 💔
— Brett (@Gen_Juhziz) August 13, 2021
The West has abandoned them, fled and betrayed them. So many lives of soldiers sacrificed for nothing, so much money spent, everything has been sterile. Now these people who believed in Democracy will have a certain and tragic future
— FraOtxoa (@FranciscoOtxoa) August 13, 2021
We don’t have to agree if the withdrawl is right or wrong.
But everybody can emphasize what the young people, women, girls feel in this particular moment of history.
The US and the Europeans are delivering innocent people into the conzentration camps of a Taliban dictatorship.
— Flowing1978 (@flowing1978) August 14, 2021
I imagine we’ll see a lot of this over the next few months & after that it’ll get worse
— marc blanc (@blancmarc20) August 13, 2021
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