Afghanistan celebrates the anniversary of the Taliban’s takeover of the country.
Kabul, Afghanistan —On Monday,
the Taliban marked one year since they took control of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. This quick takeover caused the country’s leaders, who were backed by the West, to flee quickly, sent the economy into a tailspin, and changed the country in many ways.
In the streets of the capital city, bearded Taliban warriors held tiny triumphal parades on foot, bicycles, and motorbikes, with some of them brandishing guns or the white banners that represent their cause. One small group led chants of “Long live Islam” and “Death to America” as they marched past the location of the former United States Embassy.
One year after that eventful day, several changes have taken place in Afghanistan. The erstwhile militants have a difficult time governing and continue to be ostracised globally. As a result of the economic collapse, millions more Afghans have fallen into poverty, and some have even succumbed to starvation. Meanwhile, the supply of international help has slowed to a trickle.
In the meantime, traditionalists appear to maintain weight in the administration that is governed by the Taliban. As a result, harsh limits have been put on girls’ and women’s access to school as well as employment, despite earlier assurances to the contrary. One year later, girls under the age of 18 are still not allowed to attend school, and women are expected to cover their whole bodies in public, with just their eyes allowed to be shown.
Underground schools that run out of people’s homes are becoming more common as people try to figure out how to stop a whole generation of young women from not being able to go to school.
Natalia Kanem, the head of the UN agency for sexual and reproductive health, said in a statement that Afghan women shouldn’t be forgotten.
We must not forget the women and girls of Afghanistan at this time when the globe is facing several crises that are merging with one another. “When the fundamental rights of women and girls are violated, all of us suffer the consequences,” she explained.
A year ago, thousands of Afghans ran to Kabul International Airport to get away from the Taliban during the US military’s chaotic withdrawal from Kabul after 20 years of war, which was the longest war in US history.
After those tumultuous days, most planes were back up and running in a reasonable amount of time. On Monday, a small number of commercial aeroplanes were planned to land and take off from a runway where, during the summer of last year, Afghan men were seen hanging from the wheels of planes that were taking off, leading to the deaths of several of them.
On Monday, schoolyards were deserted as a result of the Taliban’s announcement that the day, which they call “The Proud Day of August 15” and the “First Anniversary of the Return to Power,” would be observed as a public holiday.
Abdul Wahid Rayan, the head of the Bakhtar News Agency, which is owned by the Taliban, claimed in an article that “reliance on God and the backing of the people gave this magnificent triumph and independence to the country.” Today, August 15, is a day to remember how the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan beat the US and its allies when they tried to take over Afghanistan.
In speeches that were broadcast live on state radio and TV, he bragged about what he thought were “huge successes” under the Taliban, such as ending corruption, making the country safer, and making it illegal to grow drugs.
Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani justified his choice to escape the country on the night of the anniversary, stating that it was a split-second decision and that he wanted to avoid the humiliation of surrendering to the Taliban. The anniversary will take place tomorrow. He told CNN that on the morning of August 15, 2021, when the Taliban were at the gates of Kabul, he was the last one at the presidential palace after his security had fled. He said this happened when the Taliban were approaching the city.
Tomas Niklasson, the European Union’s special representative to Afghanistan, said that the group of countries is still committed to the Afghan people and to “stability, prosperity, and permanent peace in Afghanistan and the region.”
“This will require an inclusive political process with full, equal, and meaningful involvement of all Afghan men and women and respect for human rights,” Niklasson wrote. “This will need a political process in which all Afghan men and women can take part in a full, equal, and meaningful way.”
Annalena Baerbock, the German Minister for Foreign Affairs, said that there is still an international obligation in Afghanistan even though NATO troops have left.
She issued a statement in which she declared, “A regime that tramples on human rights cannot under any circumstances be recognised.” [Citation needed] Even one year after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, it is imperative that the Afghan people not be forgotten.