“It was time now. I had to get out of Kabul.” Journalist Fatema Hosseini describes her escape from Afghanistan as the Taliban closed in.
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Fatema had never lived under Taliban rule and didn’t intend to now. Her family left for neighboring Iran when she was 3 months old because of the group’s persecution of Harazas and its abhorrent treatment of women. She returned at 10, after the 2001 U.S. invasion ousted the Taliban from power.
She later interviewed Taliban fighters and reported about women’s lives now and then – then being a time of moral darkness when women and young girls were excluded from public life and education. When they were beaten publicly for daring to venture outside without a male guardian, for wearing nail polish, for listening to pop music. She has reported from remote, rural areas where the Taliban never really went away.
Her hashtags on Twitter alone were enough to get her killed.
Virtually no one expected Kabul to fall so quickly. The Taliban promised to honor women’s rights, but their bloody track record suggested they would not.
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