Taliban members visit homes of two female journalists in Kabul, source tells CNN

Afghan women journalists in 2020 at ASR news in Herat, Afghanistan. Female journalists now tell of fear of retribution from the Taliban. Photograph: Jalil Rezayee/EPA

The homes of two female journalists were visited by Taliban fighters on Sunday, a contact of the women told CNN, adding that both women were severely shaken psychologically.

According to the source, one of the female journalists whose home was visited by the Taliban on Sunday said: “I am very worried about my safety and that of my family.”

Several female journalists are said to have received threatening calls from the Taliban, with the calls increasing over recent days, the source added. One prominent female journalist in Kabul said she had received a threatening call from the Taliban, telling her they “will come soon.”

On Monday, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, Agnès Callamard, said in a statement: “what we are witnessing in Afghanistan is a tragedy that should have been foreseen and averted. It will only be compounded further without swift and decisive action from the international community.” (More, CNN )

Aaisha* is that and more. As a prominent news anchor and political talk show host, she has watched her life’s efforts crumble in what felt like seconds. “For many years, I worked as a journalist … to raise the voice of Afghans, especially Afghan women, but now our identity is being destroyed and nothing has been done by us to deserve this,” Aaisha said on Monday. In the last 24 hours, our lives have changed and we have been confined to our homes, and death threatens us at every moment. “We see silence filled with fear of the Taliban around us.”

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Source: CNN