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Madina’s Thoughts on the Arrival of Taliban

The Taliban come only to oppress the people and regain power, and the beginning of this repression is freedom of expression. When there is no freedom of expression, fear spreads everywhere and no one can speak, and women are trapped within the four walls of religion, imprisoned. Women become only sexual tools in the hands of men. The Taliban has problems with women working. The Taliban has problems with women exercising. The Taliban want a patriarchal government in which women have no role. But the women of my society like to play a colorful role in the government. They like to sing loudly. The Taliban are against it. I see being a Taliban in Afghanistan as an unforgivable tragedy. I am against the Taliban coming. With the arrival of the Taliban, our blood will be shed.

-Madina, 20, Afghanistan