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Kabul a year later, women always in the crosshairs

2022-08-13T17:39:31.904Z

Afghanistan has returned to the abyss of obscurantism: a year after the reconquest of Kabul, the Taliban canceled rights and freedoms, imposed on the country a regime inspired by religious fundamentalism. (HANDLE)



Afghanistan has returned to the abyss of obscurantism

: a year after the reconquest of Kabul, the Taliban canceled rights and freedoms, imposed on the country a regime inspired by religious fundamentalism.

The promises to maintain the status quo on the civil rights front, especially of women, to form an inclusive government and not inspired by some sort of theocracy, and therefore to establish bilateral relations with the international community, have remained a dead letter.

ANSA agency

On 15 August 2021 the Taliban flag flies in Kabul - Politics

It took the Taliban three and a half months to recapture Afghanistan and return to fly the flag of the Islamic Emirate in Kabul on August 15 last year.

(HANDLE)

An example was the intervention of the militiamen who fired into the air this August 13 to disperse about 40 women who had gathered in front of the Ministry of Education shouting "bread, work and freedom".

Some of the protesters who fled and found refuge in nearby shops were reached by the Taliban, who hit them with rifle butts.

The most sensational about-face, a gauntlet in the world, was consumed in May: the Taliban supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada himself announced the decree requiring women to wear the veil in public.

And not only: in the text launched by the ministry for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice, women are invited "to better observe the hijab (or to 'hide from the eye') it is

better not to leave the house unless strictly necessary

".

But to go where?

Not to school, because girls cannot go to high school, not to work because women who still work do so in very few permitted areas.

And even traveling alone, over 70 kilometers you must not be accompanied, as well as to take a plane.

The hundreds who have chosen to challenge the regime and protest in the street have been beaten, rejected with shots in the air, some leading activists even kidnapped.

The Taliban restoration is not only raging against women.

In the crosshairs

, reports from the UN and the many foreign NGOs left on the ground warn alarmed, including

hundreds of journalists, opponents, and activists

.

These are in the crosshairs of the fearsome Istikhbarat, the intelligence directorate, accused by the UN in particular for the inhuman treatment of prisoners in custody.

The amnesty decree for former government collaborators is stained with the blood of at least 160 police and army officers, the UN denounced, which has

178 arbitrary arrests and 56 torture charges

.

Witnesses speak of many others "disappeared into thin air", the Taliban identified them by opening the cabinets of the ministries.

The palaces of power have been Talibanized: the entire government, the 34 provincial governors - all men, Taliban and Pashtun - pull the strings of an army of white-collar workers who until yesterday had a machine gun in their hands.

A devastating picture, largely anticipated by analysts, tragically aggravated by the economic crisis, which the new owners of Kabul blame for the failure to thaw billions of assets in the US.

The country is

on the verge of economic collapse

, with the local currency at historic lows and food prices soaring.

Over half of the population - 59% - is in need of humanitarian assistance: it is a humanitarian catastrophe that affects six million more people than last year.

You go

hungry

in 27 of the 34 provinces, UN estimates predict a further deterioration.

Once again, children will pay the price.

ANSA agency

20 years later Afghanistan is again the resort of terrorism - Politics

ISIS and al Qaeda seemed destined for oblivion, then, on August 15, 2021, the Taliban returned to Kabul and Afghanistan, 20 years later, became the resort of terrorism again.

(HANDLE)

Source: ansa

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