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Noor’s Story

I’m Noor*. I’m 28 years old. I was born in poverty in Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan. My father was the only breadwinner of our family. My father was a gardener who was keeping the house of one of the officials of the previous government while Hamid Karzai was in power.

In 2014 my father lost his job. With all due efforts, he could not find a new job. It was not easy for my father who was/is suffering from chronic asthma. So I obliged to take his role as breadwinner. During that time, I was in the senior class of law and political science faculty in one of the private universities. I started my job in interior ministry of Afghanistan as legal expert, then legal advisor where I worked alongside EUPOL mission.

With my income, I was supporting my family and myself with getting an education. In early 2020 I successfully passed my masters. Now I am in my last semester, but my university is closed due to the recent changes in Afghanistan. In 2nd August 2021 I got married with a military doctor (officer.) On 15 August 2021 the previous democratic government collapsed by the Taliban. With the collapsing of the government, me and my husband both lost our jobs and income.

Since we were working with the previous government, the Taliban searched our home twice, but fortunately we changed our accommodation. We tried to get out of Afghanistan to rescue our lives, but we couldn’t.

Now, it’s not only Taliban who are treating us badly, but also we are impacted by the humanitarian crisis as well.

I know that the world knows that we the women of Afghanistan are deprived of education and work, but I really don’t know why the whole world is silent.

It’s my wish that the world should break its silence and raise the voices of voiceless Afghan women.

*Names have been changed.

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