An Afghan girl has voiced her despair at the world’s treatment of her country, as Taliban insurgents declare the country is under their control after a devastating sweep of power.
A video of the girl, whose identity is unknown, was posted to Twitter on Friday by Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist and activist.
“We don’t count because we were born in Afghanistan,” the tearful girl laments in the clip.
“I cannot help crying,” she adds. “No one cares about us. We’ll die slowly in history.”
“We do not count because we were born in Afghanistan . . . We’ll die slowly in history.” I am heartbroken. The women & girls of Afghanistan have been abandoned. What of their dreams, hopes? The rights they have fought two decades for? #PrayforAfghanistan pic.twitter.com/Os6aSRv5RK
— Khaled Hosseini (@khaledhosseini) August 14, 2021
On the same day the footage was posted online by Alinejad, António Guterres, the United Nations’ secretary-general, said in a statement that he was “deeply disturbed by early indications” that the Taliban are already imposing restrictions in the areas under their control – targeting women and journalists in particular.
“It is particularly horrifying and heartbreaking to see reports of the hard-won rights of Afghan girls and women being ripped away from them,” he added.
People on Twitter have since responded to the girl’s moving statement:
Heartbreaking. We gave them the illusion of a future, then we pulled the rug. We should have done serious nation building after the invasion, without fixed time limits, but “as long as it takes”. Otherwise we should not have invaded and created the illusion! #SanctionPakistanLoading...
— Ve 🇪🇺 🇮🇹 (@ve10ve) August 13, 2021
What is happening in Afghanistan is one of the biggest tragedies facing the world right now. Why are we not all united in confronting this gross violation of human rights and violence against women and girls?
— Diversity at Work Communications Training (@yourdiversity) August 13, 2021
So sad you can really see the pain in her eyes. Pulling out while the region was so unstable was/is such a bad idea
— Mikey007 (@MichaelHohenst1) August 13, 2021
Under the Taliban, virtually the entire female population will qualify for asylum.
— Ron Tuohy (@TuohyRon) August 13, 2021
It is heart-wrenching to watch this hopeless Afghanistan girl crying.😢😥😰😭
— 小笼 (@guorong_huang) August 15, 2021
This is heartbreaking to listen to , the brutal cruelty this regime will do is unbearable, how can the rest of the world allow this to happen
— Stephen young 💙 💚 (@Stephen71149499) August 13, 2021