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Taliban’s Gift for Afghans

The Taliban presence in Afghanistan was the most harmful injury for the country and its people. In reality it can also be named as a dark period of illiteracy and ignorance of governorship among society, even including children. The Taliban ruined the future of the people whose ancestors were the initiators of knowledge and intuition and were counted as cultural developers. They also had the final word on the nature of civilization.
The upcoming generations could be the best example as future developers of Afghanistan, but this regime and its dark governorship brought countless cruelty to every member of the country. This caused Afghans to lag behind in every respect, which was a kind of cruelty in human progress.
Furthermore, women were desperately oppressed and imprisoned at home, denied education and taking part in society, had lack of equal rights. The Taliban implanted the wrong belief in men’s minds that women are slaves, household creatures, only for offering services for men, they questioned what women would do with rights and having rule in society? Women spent most of their time at home and bringing up the next generation, who were supposed to become the new developed, open minded and educated ones. However again this regime caused society to move towards a wrong and ill-matched direction called ignorance. The result of this was that illiterate and superstitious mothers were bringing up their children.
Here is the question- who could build capacity, think internationally, have access to technology or deal with the virtual world in conditions where nobody was allowed to watch movie or listen to music? So gradually without access to technology, this oppressive life style became the norm and now we are experiencing the results in our current democratic community. Daily we are witness to family conflicts, sexual and social harassment, suicides, runaways and many others problems. It can be argued that these issues are the outcome of the seeds sown by the Taliban in every single family.
However, after 2001 when the Taliban regime collapsed, and the international community, both civilian and military came to Afghanistan, capacity building and training started. People were trained in many fields especially on how to apply human rights legislation and how to stop the abuse of women and children and implement their equal rights. Overtime people, particularly women learned how to live effectively; they were free to study and take a major part in the community.
Nowadays though, these possibilities do not yet exist in all the provinces or rural areas where most social problems occur. Even now women do not seem to have equal rights and constantly get attacked by men in different ways. Similarly, we are still witness to early and forced marriages in the countryside. Those families trade their daughters for money, livestock or lands, sometimes though girls are exchanged between families, used as gambling wagers with someone’s daughter and some are married for tribal reasons regardless of her opinion. This can lead her to commit suicide, self-immolation, immoral and unlawful relationships or even running away from home.
To conclude, NGOs and international organizations are dealing with such cases every day and trying to solve different cases via human rights and civil societies. The majority of those cases are the early marriages, of 16 or 17 years old girls with new born babies. NGOs try to provide them with shelter or take care of them in rehabilitation centers for further education. Unfortunately, there are currently too many cases and too few funds.

Written by
Sajjad Zarbafiyan

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