The emotional video, which garnered roughly 1.6 million views, was initially posted to Twitter by human rights activist Masih Alinejad, and features a crying girl whose identity remains unknown.
‘We don’t count because we were born in Afghanistan,’ the tearful girl explains in the 45-second clip.
‘I cannot help crying,’ she adds. ‘No one cares about us. We’ll die slowly in history.’
A heartbreaking video of an Afghan girl voicing her anguish at the world’s treatment of her country has gone viral, days before the Taliban successfully established their control of Afghanistan Sunday
The emotional video, which garnered roughly 1.6M views, was initially posted to Twitter by human rights activist Masih Alinejad, and features a crying girl whose identity remains unknown.
On the same day the video was posted, United Nations’ Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement that ‘Afghanistan is spinning out of control’ and that the conflict is ‘taking an even bigger toll on women and children.’
In addition, Guterres said he’s ‘deeply disturbed by early indications that the Taliban are imposing severe restrictions on human rights in the areas under their control, particularly targeting women and journalists.’
‘It is particularly horrifying and heartbreaking to see reports of the hard-won rights of Afghan girls and women being ripped away from them,’ he added.
Previously, Afghan women were not allowed to work, study, or be treated by male doctors unless accompanied by a male chaperone.
Individuals who violated the sexist laws were imprisoned, public flogged, and even executed.
The international community eventually worked to open schools for girls and allowed women to return to work following the Taliban’s ousting from power in 2001.
However, now that the Taliban has seized 18 of Afghanistan’s 34 provincial capitals and controls more than two-thirds of the country, the future for Afghan women remains uncertain.
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A U.S. Chinook helicopter flies near the U.S. Embassy as smoke rises in Kabul, Afghanistan, late on Sunday night
Taliban fighters raise their flag at the Ghazni provincial governor’s house, in Ghazni, southeastern, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021
The Taliban’s return to power occurred despite hundreds of billions of dollars spent by the United States building up Afghan government and its defense forces.
On Sunday, the US Ambassador to Afghanistan and some of his staff were seen fleeing their Kabul workplace as the Pentagon increased the number of troops deployed in the region from 1,000 to 6,000.
Ambassador Ross Wilson were both seen arriving at Kabul airport, as other Americans still in the country were ordered to shelter in place, after shots were fired at the city’s airport.
Late Sunday night, the State Department announced all personnel had been evacuated from the US Embassy in Kabul and were at the airport.
‘We can confirm that the safe evacuation of all Embassy personnel is now complete. All Embassy personnel are located on the premises of Hamid Karzai International Airport, whose perimeter is secured by the US Military,’ State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.
Initially, the aim had been to have staff removed within 72 hours, but the Taliban’s advances across the Afghan capital Kabul prompted the immediate removal of all staff.