In mid-August, the Afghan government recognized by the international community and supported by the United States, returned to the Taliban regime.

On social media, the world saw many mothers trying to save their children, passing them over the barbed wire to the British soldiers and begging them to take them away. According to the first reports, the women who tried that were criticizing the new regime and for this reason they were humiliated or beaten.

Soon after their return, the Taliban imposed a long series of bans on women: in fact they can’t have access to secondary education; they can’t attend university, neither as teachers nor as students; they can’t do most of the jobs; they can’t play sports that expose their bodies. Their bodies must disappear, hidden under heavy layers of fabric stifling any desire for freedom.

What’s happening to these women doesn’t have to happen to anyone! The biggest gift is life, and in these conditions women aren’t living!

Living, being free, having rights, and even duties. For many, all this is a utopia, just like going to school! Some young ladies, like  Malala, have risked and still risk their lives for the right to education, a right Afghan women can’t have at the moment.

Being free is the greatest joy, but we have to ask ourselves a question, “Is everybody free”? Unfortunately the answer is “no”.

It’s our duty to go on talking about Afghanistan to keep the spotlight on what its population, especially women, is experiencing.


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Valeria Sottile