On Sunday, Afghanistan’s first female mayor said that she is waiting for the Taliban to come and kill her as the Islamic militants reached the capital, Kabul.
Zarifa Ghafari, 27, is Afghanistan’s youngest mayor and the first woman to hold the office in Maidan Shar in Wardak province.
Ghafari rose to prominence in 2018 by becoming the first and youngest female mayor of the country’s Maidan Wardak province, Ghafari now awaits the arrival of the Taliban for her and more like her.
In the past, she had received death threats from the Taliban. Her father General Abdul Wasi Ghafari was gunned down by the militants on 15 November last year, just 20 days after the third attempt to kill her failed.
“I’m sitting here waiting for them to come. There is no one to help me or my family. I’m just sitting with them and my husband. And they will come for people like me and kill me. I can’t leave my family. And anyway, where would I go?” she told iNews.
Less than a month ago Ghafari has seemed optimistic about her country’s future, telling iNews at the time: “Younger people are aware of what’s happening. They have social media. They communicate. I think they will continue fighting for progress and our rights. I think there is a future for this country.”
Many of Afghanistan’s top government officials have already fled the country. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani quietly fled the country on Sunday as Taliban militants entered Kabul.
Refugees who fled to Kabul before its fall said that Taliban militants had already begun cracking down on Afghans in outlying cities and towns, forcing unmarried women to wed Taliban fighters and executing Afghan soldiers. Members of the Taliban have reportedly already started “door to door” searches of Kabul looking for any former officials of the Afghan government, soldiers, journalists, and others.
Here’s an excerpt from The Daily Wire report:
Taliban militants are reportedly conducting door-to-door searches in Kabul looking for Afghan government officials, military members, and others who worked with the United States and other western countries.
Taliban militants are also seeking out journalists. While the terrorist group has promised safety and publicly called for a “peaceful” transfer of power, refugees who flocked to Kabul prior to its fall said that the Taliban has already begun forced marriages and executions in outlying cities and towns.
“Taliban started door to door search looking for govt officials, former police & security forces members & those who worked for foreign countries NGOs or infrastructures in Afghanistan. At least 3 journalists’ houses were searched in the last hour. Kabul is now becoming deadly,” one Kabul-based journalist tweeted on Monday. “This is a game-changer for us all. Many have started counting their final hours of life in Kabul. Nobody knows what happens next. Pray for us.”
“Taliban fighters going door-to-door in #Kabul, looking for government employees, soldiers and police, and Afghans who worked with foreign govts and NGOs, several residents tell me,” another journalist tweeted. “Some have been taken away, family members say. In other cases, houses have been searched and documents/weapons confiscated. Taliban also recording names/addresses.”