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We speak with [redacted], a former female Afghan journalist who is now in hiding in Afghanistan.
With the mark of the end of the 2001 - 2021 War in Afghanistan, the United States Armed Forces completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan on 30 August 2021, leaving almost all Americans, LPR’s and our allies behind the enemy line without a government plan to retrieve them.
The conversation has been slightly edited for clarity.
Q: Can you tell me/us a little bit about yourself?
A: I am a journalist, involved in social activism in the area of women’s law.
Q: When did you find out about the US withdrawal/evacuation?
A: When the Afghanistan Government fell to the Taliban and President Ashraf Ghani fled Afghanistan.
Q: What steps have you taken to leave Afghanistan?
A: I have contacted multiple times government offices for help to get inside the Kabul airport, and be taken out of Afghanistan, but it didn’t work.
Q: Do you feel betrayed by America & Allied forces?
A: They didn’t care about us and left us in a sensitive situation.
Q: President Biden said that the evacuation was a success. What is your response to Biden?
A: It was almost successful [the evacuation] and there was a very bad situation. But there are a lot of people who deserved to be taken out, but unfortunately, they didn’t receive the opportunity.
Q: What would you like to tell President Biden?
A: I would like to ask him to help us as soon as possible. We are facing the worst spiritual status, with no place to live and we fear for our lives.
Q: Has America left Afghanistan in a better state, than when they invaded?
A: We needed them to stay with us in this kind of situation.
Q: There appears to be more focus on the Taliban than the Afghan people from President Biden. Is that appropriate?
A: No, it isn’t. The Taliban restricted people from their own rights.
Q: Can you describe your day-to-day life under the Taliban? Are you still working? Have you had to move home or hide?
A: I have lost my job as a journalist, and am now at home. I am concerned about my own and my family’s safety. Every day I deal with stress, disappointment, and concern about my future.
Q: Have you received threats from the Taliban?
A: Yes, I have. As you know, I was a journalist, and my life is in danger because the Taliban don’t want to have their stories of brutality in the country spread by journalists. The Taliban actively target the journalists.
Q: I want to ask you a question that may be difficult to answer: Can you describe what will happen to you & your family if you cannot leave Afghanistan?
A: If we cannot leave, our life will get destroyed. All my efforts and hard work and success will fail. We will leave in a dark uncertain situation.
Q: Is there a message you would like to share with the American people?
A: I just want to tell them that we need them to keep their attention on us.
Q: How would you like the American people and government to help?
A: By taking us out of Afghanistan.
Q: Do you still trust America?
A: Yes, I trust the American government.
Q: Do you believe President Biden will follow through on their promise to evacuate -allies- you and your family?
A: Yes, I do. But is so difficult to hold on to that hope.
Q: What is your biggest fear?
A: My biggest fear is to remain In Afghanistan under the Taliban regime.
Editor’s Note: Alie Pierce is a human rights advocate directly involved in Afghanistan's 'evacuation' efforts.
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