One year after Afghanistan "fell" to the Taliban
It's been a year since the Taliban officially took control of Afghanistan, weeks after US President Joe Biden ordered withdrawal of the US military from the country. Thousands of civilians were killed in the process, and many believe that the country has "regressed" this year.
Kabul Airport was the main site of the whole mess. A series of murders, shootings, explosions marked the days as the Taliban advanced towards the capital of Afghanistan.
Western countries withdrew all their diplomats from the country, and the Afghans who managed to escape to Europe hope for a better and more peaceful life in the new countries. According to United Nations data, over 6 million people have fled the country since the Taliban began taking control of the country, and over 24 million are in need of basic humanitarian assistance. Asylum requests to the EU by Afghans increased dramatically between March 2021 and February 2022.
Although last year's crisis in Afghanistan prompted a mass exodus from the country, it cannot be compared to the exodus the country saw in 2015 and 2016. Together with the refugees from Syria, over 360 thousand Afghan refugees left for Europe in those two years, writes "Euronews".
Women, the biggest victims of Taliban rule
The biggest victims of the Taliban's rule are Afghan women, it says The BBC.
They are forced to give up their jobs to men, they are not allowed to leave their homes without "appropriate" clothes, all billboards and posters showing female characters are torn or painted over, and girls are forbidden to attend classes in schools. with the boys.
Hundreds of stories have been told in the world media by Afghan women about their suffering in the last year.
In the last 20 years, Afghan women have played a major role in building the state into a modern country, open to all. They were members of the judiciary, public sector workers and artists who believed there was no limit to what they could achieve.Euronews".
During the first Taliban rule of Afghanistan in the 1990s, women had virtually no rights – they could not work or study or leave the house without a male relative.
Almost the entire population of Afghanistan was thrown into poverty and millions were left unable to feed their families when the world cut off funding in response to the Taliban takeover.
Many women in Afghanistan now fear that those days of the 1990s may return.
A year has passed, the country's accounts have remained frozen, and the despair and misery for Afghans remains.