A female Afghan journalist is in hiding, changing her location and address daily, fearing that the Taliban will hunt her down and kill her as well as anyone that is hiding her.
“I don’t know what will happen to me, because if they find me, they will kill me,” she told Fox News in an interview. They are concealing her identity to protect her from the Taliban.
The terrorists prevented her from going to her newsroom after they seized the media outlet. The 24-year-old was told to cover her face and go home because they had their own journalists and didn’t need a woman there. She left fearing that they would kill her and other female journalists. Others have told similar stories.
“They told me ‘you’re not allowed to come to the TV,’” the journalist recounted. “We will have our own presenter, our own journalist. And we don’t need you anymore.”
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“We don’t need females here,” they told her. She then quoted a Taliban fighter, “Go to your home. Don’t come back.”
Shortly after that, she fled her home with her 17-year-old brother.
The journalist fears reprisal because she was a frequent critic of the Taliban on the air. She remarked that she “was one of the females to always talk against Taliban in the media because what they did to the women, what they did to the innocent people in Afghanistan, what they did to the children in Afghanistan.”
“They burned them,” she emotionally added. “They killed them.”
“They are checking for the people who always talked against them,” she commented. “Every day, I’m changing my address to be sure that they can’t track me.”
The terrified woman has been staying at friends’ homes but she is concerned that they may hand her over to the Taliban to save themselves and their families. An even more real possibility is that the Taliban will slaughter whoever hides her.
“My friends are afraid because they think that they might be targeted because of me,” she sadly explained. “I don’t know who is actually my enemy right now.”
The Taliban murdered a relative of a Deutsche Welle journalist just a few days ago while going door-to-door looking for the outlet’s reporter.
“I’m afraid what if they do the same thing for me?” she asked. “What if they kill my family member? What if they killed my friends for finding me?”
“I don’t know how long I can do this,” she wept. “I can’t put more people in danger because of myself.”
“We might be safe just few days more,” she warned.
Despite the Taliban claiming they are more moderate now, that is demonstrably not true. They are brutally implementing Shariah law.
“My message to the world and to America and to people all around the world is the Talibans are not change,” the female journalist told Fox News in her interview. “They are targeting people, they are killing people.”
“The only thing that the Taliban did for the last 20 years was killing people,” she proclaimed. “People will never forgive the Taliban for what they did to the Afghan people for the last 20 years and what they are doing … now.”
The journalist was in her final year of studying law. She wanted to be a judge or an international lawyer.
“But I think it’s gone,” she stated. “And I will never be that person that I always had in my dreams.”
The journalist bleakly said, “We don’t have any future. We don’t have any freedom.
“And the very basic rights as a human that I have to speak, to go out of my home, to choose everything I want, it’s gone. There is no hope for me, for my generation, for my people, for females, especially for the journalists, who are very afraid,” she added. “No one will come back for Afghanistan. It feels like the end of the story and the end of Afghanistan for me.”
The same thing reportedly happened to another female journalist who told Fox News she was prohibited from entering her newsroom. She fled as well.
“I didn’t want to … go outside of Afghanistan, but my mom forced me to please leave,” the journalist from a previous interview tearfully said. Her mother told her: “I’m sure the Taliban will kill you because you’re a journalist and you’re a woman.”
In the past week, the Taliban have searched homes belonging to at least five journalists.
Female Afghan journalists are now living in terror awaiting the brutal justice of the Taliban thanks to President Biden. “In the last 24 hours, our lives have changed and we have been confined to our homes, and death threatens us at every moment,” said one reporter according to The Guardian. “We see silence filled with fear of the Taliban around us.”
These women now fear death at every turn. They also face being raped or forced into a marriage with a Taliban fighter. Their hellish fate is directly linked to Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Many fear for these women’s lives:
Listened to @bbclysedoucet on PM @BBCRadio4 today. My 15 year daughter old broke down in tears as she heard a female Afghan journalist's desperate cries. "They know who I am and what I do…they will beat or shoot me"
Step up UK & do the right thing.#Afghanistan @marykfoy
— Aaron Kinghorn (@mr_the_face) August 24, 2021
Afghan female journalist @khadija51922579 has reached to Madrid -Spain .. She was working for RTA state television , on Thursday She went to her office Taliban told her to back home , at the movement we don’t allowed women faces in Afghan state television RTA screen . pic.twitter.com/9h16d3oJr4
— Anees Ur Rehman (@JournalistAnees) August 23, 2021
I've been in touch with a #Afghan female journalist who is now hiding out in Kabul in fear for her life. I hope the Western news organisations like the BBC, CNN, NYT, DW + wire services are doing all they can to keep their local staff safe during this frighteningly uncertain time pic.twitter.com/pIBTwD37Zb
— Roxanne Escobales (@roxy_esco) August 17, 2021
Listening to @bbclysedoucet on @BBCPM just now utterly heart rending.
For such a consummate broadcaster to be struggling for her composure as she introduced a recording of a female Afghan journalist distraught, trying everything to leave her home, just devastating.
— Angsty🖖 💙❤💛 (@lha_again) August 24, 2021
“I am hearing stories daily of women in hiding because their homes have already been targeted or raided by the Taliban, and there is a culture of fear building as the evacuation process starts to run out of time.”
— Jubilee Campaign USA (@JubileeC) August 24, 2021
I have a giant lump in my throat after interviewing a (female) Afghan human rights activist struggling to get female journalists out of a safe house in Kabul and inside the airport gates.
— Mark Leon Goldberg (@MarkLGoldberg) August 23, 2021
Despite the assurance, one female Afghan journalist in her interview with Euronews said that she fears for the safety of Afghan women as many female journalists and activists are at the risk of being stoned by the Taliban
— Charbel Diab (@CharbelDiab77) August 24, 2021
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