August 2021 marked the entire withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and the nation’s return to Taliban rule.
The Taliban first ruled Afghanistan from 1997 to 2001. At that point, girls had been barred from most jobs, and women weren’t allowed to attend faculty. The return of the Taliban raises fears that 20 years of features in girls’s and women’ rights will vanish.
“After 20 years living in freedom, living in an atmosphere of hope, [girls and women] were thinking about their dreams for the future. This ending was a catastrophe,” mentioned Aziz Royesh, founding father of the Marefat High School in Kabul. Nearly half of the scholars had been women earlier than the Taliban took management of the federal government.
Royesh has been acknowledged internationally for his work in schooling and activism, and was a finalist for the 2015 Global Teacher prize. He shares with Full Frame host Mike Walter his escape from Afghanistan, the worth of schooling and his hopes for his college students at Marefat.
Afghanistan faces widespread poverty, joblessness and a damaged well being care system. Correspondent Toby Muse talks to Afghans who’re making an attempt to navigate the nation’s financial breakdown.
Afghanistan has lengthy been depending on overseas support to outlive. Once the Taliban took management, a lot of that was shut off. In August 2021, when the Taliban took over the nation, $8 billion in worldwide support was out of the blue terminated That represents 40 % of the nation’s GDP.
“There are very few cases where there’s indications that those sanctions do not hurt the common people and a lot more than they hurt the government that they’re targeting,” mentioned Michael Kugelman, a number one specialist on Afghanistan and the deputy director of the Asia Program for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Aid, like meals shipments, aren’t restricted from coming into the nation. But the issue is the worldwide group just isn’t addressing the bigger financial disaster, past humanitarian support, Kugelman mentioned.
“I do fear that there’s no end in sight for the dire privations being experienced by the Afghan people. I so hope that I’m wrong, but I just really worry that this cycle of privation is just going to continue to play out for quite some time,” he mentioned.