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Afghanistan: Nadia Nadim on her fears for women under the Taliban

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Afghanistan: Nadia Nadim

Danish footballer Nadia Nadim of Afghanistan birth revealed that she does not believe the false promises given to women and girls by the Taliban. The footballer’s father was executed by the Taliban after which she fled the country and lived in a refugee camp in Denmark. She is heartbroken to see her father’s killers return to power in the country.

“It’s been heartbreaking to watch what’s happening in Afghanistan right now. Just because I felt we were over that stage, that was back in history and it would not repeat itself,” Nadia Nadim said after the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan. “I know what kind of rules they bring in and I know what that means for the future of the country, what that means for the development of the country, what it means for the women and the girls. I think that’s a real step back. I feel very upset and sad for the people who live in the country.”

Nadim was born in Herat in Afghanistan. At the age of 11, her father was murdered by the Taliban following which her mother fled the country through Pakistan. The family was not told the truth until which they still had hoped he would return one day. The family finally reached Denmark where she developed her love for the game.

“My memories are divided into two parts. Before the war, I have very fond memories of the country, of our life, the safe environment. I had my mum and dad. And then I have the second part, which is the war, and after my dad was killed.” she added. “Those memories are not nice memories, a lot of chaos, a lot of just horror. In the end, things were made very hard for us as a family to function and to see a future or feel safe.”

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