Zahra grew up in a mostly Taliban-free area AfghanistanWhere women dared to dream of jobs and girls got an education. For the past five years, I’ve worked with local non-profit organizations to raise awareness for women and lobby for gender equality.
Her dreams and ambitions were shattered on Thursday evening The Taliban invaded the cityThey wave their white flags decorated with a declaration of Islamic faith in a central square as people on motorbikes and cars rush home.
Like most other residents, Zahra, her parents and five siblings now live in their homes, too afraid to go out and worried about the future. The Associated Press chose not to identify her by her full name to avoid making her a target.
“I am in great shock,” said Zahra, a round-faced and soft-spoken young woman. How is it possible for me as a woman who has worked so hard and tried to learn and advance, that I now have to hide myself and stay at home?