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The Afghan woman that Argentina helped flee from the Taliban is already on a trip to Chile


He managed to flee to Pakistan. From there the Argentine ambassador helped her catch a plane to Santiago, where her sister is waiting for her.

Natasha Niebieskikwiat

09/08/2021 2:57 PM

  • Clarí

  • World

Updated 09/08/2021 2:57 PM

The young Afghan woman

who the Argentine government helped leave

Pakistan for Chile, from where her sister requested her as a refugee, was finally able to take her plane this Wednesday through a safe-conduct that would facilitate her international journey.

It will arrive in Santiago this Friday the 10th, after two stopovers, in Dubai and Paris.

The 33-year-old girl is called

 Zainab Momeny


She was a professor of psychology at the University of Bamyan, Afghanistan.

But after the reconquest of his country by the Taliban militia, when the United States forces withdrew, he managed to flee.

It was on August 18 when he was able to reach the city of Quetta in Pakistan through a border crossing with a group of compatriots who

paid smugglers of migrants and displaced people. 

In a discreet diplomatic operation, and at the request of the Chilean government, Foreign Minister Felipe Solá arranged for the Argentine ambassador to Pakistan, Leopoldo Sahores, to

assist her until the moment she embarked on her journey to Santiago.

In a video recorded from the airport with Zainab, Ambassador Sahores said that they had finally managed to get Migrations from Pakistan to grant him the visa that the girl - who speaks fluent English - had at her disposal, in what was a tough process since she handles with a pass


"I feel emotions and I am happy. We finally did it,"

he hears her say


Afghan Zainab Momeny was finally able to escape the Taliban.

In Chile

Her sister, Zahra Habibi, an Afghan refugee who arrived in the neighboring country in 2008 and is studying medicine, awaits her in the trans-Andean capital.

It was she who

repeatedly asked for help through social networks.

It was a desperate claim for what the repressed life represented in the past for girls and women in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime - they cannot work or study to begin with.

The claim reached the ears of Chancellor Andrés Allamand.

In a dramatic testimony she had given to Chilean television, Zainab said she was sure that the Taliban regime would

soon "get rid" of her.

"Possibly they will make my life impossible," he warned.

The situation of the young Momeny made Buenos Aires and Santiago

put aside the strong bilateral escalation due to the conflict on the continental shelf

in the seas south of Tierra del Fuego.

But the tension that still prevails between the two capitals made the two governments not publicize this diplomatic cooperation that is part of the international policies of humanitarian law. 

KA Taliban guard in Kabul.

Photo EFE

Zainab is a Hazara, a Persian-speaking ethnic group

residing in central Afghanistan.

They are a minority, also living in parts of Iran, and

strongly resisting the rules of the Taliban.

Hence the young was in danger.

Even more so because she is


which in Afghanistan represents a social rejection.

"I am a divorced woman, teacher, and the message from the Taliban is that they cannot protect me from them," she said.

These days she was accompanied by her brother, her sister-in-law and her nephews, who even accompanied her to the airport.

Sahores told


that there were moments of contained emotion, in which they barely said goodbye with handshakes.

More families

There are at least ten Afghan families or citizens who would be in a position to come to Argentina,

but the Government has not decided.

Chile offered itself

together with other Latin American countries - such as Brazil and Mexico - to receive Afghans seeking refuge, especially women, among the most vulnerable.

Also Ecuador and Mexico.


has commitments for this type of humanitarian aid

with the Mercosur countries and the states associated with the bloc, such as Chile.

In this case, the Argentine government gave assistance to consult and the Chilean government paid the travel expenses. 

According to international figures, the arrival of the Taliban to power triggered an exodus in and out of Afghanistan.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) assures that more than half a million Afghans have been displaced within the country alone this year.

Many Islamic countries or neighboring Afghanistan, with the exception of Iran, refuse to receive Afghans as refugees.


Look also

"In no time, the Taliban will get rid of me": the crude message from a woman in Kabul to her sister in Chile

Chile and Argentina put aside their tensions to bring in a young Afghan woman who fled the Taliban

Source: clarin

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