There’s a rainbow in the dark cloud over Afghanistan as one of the country’s first female mayors escapes the Taliban’s clutches.
Zarifa Ghafari was a shining example of the new Afghanistan that many of the nation’s people hoped would emerge after years of Taliban rule: a young female mayor appointed in a country where women’s rights were suppressed under the hardline Islamist group.
She has survived three assassination attempts and just last week in an interview with one of the journalists she said that she was just waiting in her home for the Taliban to come and kill her.
No one has helped Ghafari and her family and even Joe Biden was on vacation when at the time that she needed him.
The first ever female mayor of an Afghan city, 27-year-old Zarifa Ghafari, who was appointed mayor of Maidan Shahr, the capital city of Wardak province, in 2018, said that she was just sitting with her family waiting for Taliban soldiers to come kill her.#Afghanistan #AfganWomen pic.twitter.com/jKd4bX6DSR
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On Wednesday news broke that Zarifa and her family were able to escape Afghanistan.
She hid in the footwell of their car with a bag over her head. This allowed her family to make it through the Taliban checkpoints.
The Taliban came to her house and beat her guards. But she was able to escape.
No one came to rescue Zarifa. She had to rescue herself from the terrorists.
Now the 29-year-old is sitting in a German hotel after having fled her homeland along with thousands of other Afghans who fear the Taliban’s renewed takeover puts their lives at risk.
In an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, Ghafari spoke about the pain she felt as she and her family prepared to fly out of Kabul following a harrowing effort to reach the airport.
“I am not sure my tears will be able to explain it,” she said. “The fear, the feeling, the pain that I have and I had at the moment.”
She had words for Joe Biden.
Watch it here: Youtube/OneIndia News
Ghafari knows she’d been placed in the Taliban’s crosshairs and would’ve been killed if she hadn’t escaped.
After Kabul fell, Ghafari said she could do nothing more than wait for the radical Islamists to come and kill her.
“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 said.