Malala Yousafzai after the return to power of the Taliban: “I fear for my Afghan sisters”

Malala Yousafzai Afghanistan Taliban

The renowned Nobel Prize winner wrote a column in The New York Times where she spoke about the future that millions of women in Afghanistan could go through.

Malala Yousafzai, the 24-year-old renowned civil rights activist, expressed her concern about the return of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan and the possible return of their repressive policies against women. The armed group that regained power in recent days already had a traumatic experience at the head of the country between 1996 and 2001. Then – among other brutal measures – they instituted a total ban on education and women’s work, imposing harsh penalties against those who defy these norms.

After the arrival of US forces towards the end of 2001 – and the consequent formation of a new government – millions of Afghans were able to access a complete education plan. However, “now the future they were promised is dangerously close to disappearing,” Malala wrote in an opinion column published in The New York Times.

While “some members of the Taliban say they will not deny women and girls the right to education or work, given their history of violently suppressing women’s rights, the fears of Afghan women are real, “she said. Malala.” We are already hearing reports from students who have been rejected from their universities and from workers in their offices,” She added.

Beyond its public statements, which appear to be somewhat restrained, in the last hours the fundamentalist group showed itself as it is: it opened fire on a massive protest that opposes certain measures of the new regime.

Over the past two weeks I have spoken with various advocates for education in Afghanistan about the current situation and what they think will happen next,” Malala continued in her editorial on Wednesday. “The activists I spoke with fear the return of an exclusively religious education, which would leave children without the necessary tools to achieve their dreams and their country without doctors, engineers and scientists in the future,” She added.

The renowned Afghan activist, which received the Nobel Peace Prize at age 17 and became the youngest person to receive the award in any category- extended order to regional powers and neighboring countries: “The powers Regional governments must actively help protect women and children. Neighboring countries (China, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan) must open their doors to fleeing civilians. That will save lives and help stabilize the region. They must also allow refugee children to enroll in local schools and humanitarian organizations to establish temporary learning centers in camps and settlements.

Malala prioritizes, at this time, the immediate help that can be provided to those affected before the analysis of why what happened: “We will have time to debate what went wrong in the war in Afghanistan, but at this critical moment we have to listen. the voices of Afghan women and girls. They are asking for protection, education, freedom and the future that they were promised. We cannot keep failing them. We have no time to lose.”

The situation in Afghanistan today

The Taliban on Wednesday repressed a massive protest in eastern Afghanistan in favor of the Afghan tricolor, where protesters opposed replacing it with the white flag inscribed with the declaration of Islamic faith, which represents the insurgents and their Islamic Emirate.

The protests took place this morning in the streets of Jalalabad, the capital of Nangahar province, one of the last cities to fall into the hands of the Taliban. The public demonstration of dissent had to face an overwhelming use of force. The insurgents fired into the crowd and beat protesters and journalists.