Caution: this entry contains graphic images which some readers may find disturbing. Reader discretion is advised.
I meant to write to title earlier, but the sheer number of information I had to go through before writing this is overwhelming-- there are too many people out there condemning the Taliban, so reading them all takes enormous endeavor.
The cover image of the TIME magazine, August 9 2010 edition is both agitating and disturbing. It showcases the picture of Aisha, an 18-year-old Afghan girl who had her nose and ears sliced off after sentenced by the Taliban for escaping from her abusive in-laws. The story that follows take a deep look into the lives of many Afghan women, and their remarkable recovery upon the defeat of the Taliban-- and how they fear a Taliban revival. For Aisha's case, it didn't happen 1o years ago, when the Taliban ruled the war-torn country. It happened last year, 2009.
Later that year two warlord commanders killed civilians while fighting for the right to sodomize a young boy. The Taliban freed him.
Then slowly they marched towards the capital and captured it. There were many side notes, however, but I guess none of you would be interested to know more about the political turmoil that hit Afghanistan at that time.
|Ahmad Shah Massoud. Image: videos.onepakistan.com|
|Hundreds of thousands gathered for the funeral of Commander Massoud. Image: videos.onepakistan.com|
Shorish-Shamley, a women's rights activist, says: "If they (al Qaeda leaders) were hiding under a rock, he would have found them. He was that type of person. He would have found bin Laden."
"The Taliban pounded on the door just before midnight, demanding that Aisha, 18, be punished for running away from her husband's house. They dragged her to a mountain clearing near her village in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan, ignoring her protests that her in-laws had been abusive, that she had no choice but to escape. Shivering in the cold air and blinded by the flashlights trained on her by her husband's family, she faced her spouse and accuser. Her in-laws treated her like a slave, Aisha pleaded. They beat her. If she hadn't run away, she would have died.
Her judge, a local Taliban commander, was unmoved. Later he would tell Aisha's uncle that she had to be made an example of lest other girls in the village try to do the same thing. The commander gave his verdict, and men moved in to deliver the punishment. Aisha's brother-in-law held her down while her husband pulled out a knife. First he sliced off her ears. Then he started on her nose. The pain was unbearable that Aisha eventually passed out--but awoke soon after, choking on her own blood. The men had left her on the mountainside to die." --TIME magazine
|Taliban soldier executes a woman. Image: pashtunresist.blogspot.com|
"We have women boxers and footballers," she says. "I go running in the stadium where the Taliban used to play football with women's heads."
Any insurgency of the Taliban should be carefully monitored. The government is currently trying to negotiate with their "angry brothers" to settle the problem once and for all. The women, however, aren't supportive of the idea. An Afghan refugee who grew up in Canada, Mozhdah Jamalzadah recently returned home to launch an Oprah-style talk show, whose motive is to educate both men and women. She says her audience is increasingly receptive to her message, but she knows that in a deeply traditional society, it will take time to percolate. If the government becomes any more conservative because of an accommodation with the Taliban, "my program will be the first to go." she says.
info: TIME magazine, VOL 176, NO. 6, August 9 2010.