Horrifying new reports out of Afghanistan continue to shed light on the Taliban’s brutal regime, as the West scrambles to evacuate citizens caught in the crossfire.
According to former judge Najla Ayoubi, a woman was set on fire on Thursday in the country’s north after being forced to cook for militants.
“They are forcing people to give them food and cook them food. A woman was put on fire because she was accused of bad cooking for Taliban fighters,” Ms Ayoubi told Sky News, describing the situation on the ground as a “nightmare”.
As a vocal supporter for women’s rights in Afghanistan, Ms Ayoubi said she was forced to flee for her life once the wind was blowing in the Taliban’s direction.
“There are so many young women are being in the past few weeks being shipped into neighbouring countries in coffins to be used as sex slaves,” she continued.
“They also force families to marry their young daughters to Taliban fighters. I don‘t see where is the promise that they think women should be going to work, when we are seeing all of these atrocities.”
The inevitable fall of Kabul was tipped to take months, with militants seizing control of regions in the south as the United States and remaining allies announced the evacuation of their military forces in early 2021. The controversial 20-year campaign to fight extremism at its root cost trillions of dollars.
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Barely a week after US President Joe Biden boldly rejected the prospect of an extremist takeover, the Taliban organisation – having now grown beyond 200,000 from an estimated 11,000 a decade ago – toppled the government this week.
The Taliban have insisted this time will be different. After being forced into the shadows nearing extinction over the past two decades of occupation, the militant group has vowed its new attempt at an Islamic state will be an “inclusive” and restrained regime.
Allowing a single female journalist into their dystopian press conference this week was apparently ample signalling for the radical movement’s “progressive” new leaf.
However, within the first few days of the takeover, the world has witnessed the Taliban publicly execute a former police chief and associates of journalists among other unfortunate souls now deemed dissidents.
Women have been put under horrific new conditions. Many have been forced into arranged marriages with Taliban fighters, including girls as young as 12, with some being shipped abroad alive in coffins to serve as sex slaves.