Following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan two decades ago, a group of Afghan women too young to remember the Taliban’s rule from 1996 to 2001 is undergoing the same anguish as their families, even as thousands fled the country.
Hundreds of Afghan students, predominantly women, have been moved to the Gulf Arab state, according to the individuals who communicated with Reuters.
The Afghanistan Taliban, when they were in control, aggressively imposed their ultra-conservative conception of Sunni Islam, which included restricting women from attending school or working.
“We’re going back to the darkness,” said one of the university students evacuated to Qatar, who voiced concern and terror and refrained to disclose information that could expose them or their families back home for security reasons, as did others.
Many people refuse to accept the extremist group’s assurances that women’s rights will be maintained under Islamic law this time.
“Everyone knows how hard and brutal that era was,” the second woman told Reuters at a residential compound in Doha, Qatar’s capital, where migrants of all nationalities were being held.
She stated that she did not feel there were enough female teachers in Afghanistan to teach the Taliban’s gender-segregated classes.
The women asserted that the Taliban’s beliefs were incomprehensible to them and that they would not return to Afghanistan as long as the group maintained control, even if a power-sharing government was in place.