Love my country but can't breathe here: Afghan woman journalist flees country
- Whida Faizi is an Afghan journalist
- She escaped the country out of fear that she'll be killed if the Taliban knew she was a journalist
- A few weeks later, she was found to be in Denmark, living in a camp like every refugee
As Wahida Faizi stands amid a huge crowd outside Kabul airport, waiting to flee the country, she is emotional and cannot stop expressing how terrified she is. On the verge of tears, she cannot wait to leave and never return out of fear of being killed because she happens to be a journalist in Afghanistan.
"I love my country, but I cannot stay here," Wahida Faizi tells the BBC. As she breaks into tears, she says, “I can’t breathe here. Taliban beating me here. They fighting me here. They shooting me here...they don’t know me. But if they know, they’ll kill me.
As she inched towards the entry of the airport, she vows to never return. “After this, it's not my country,” says Wahida Faizi with tears rolling down her face.
A few weeks later, she was found to be in Denmark, living in a camp like every refugee. However, she is clueless as to what she should now do there. She goes on to tell that she lost everything in Kabul, including her family, job and dreams, and that she’s not the same Wahida Faizi anymore.
The Afghan women are afraid of losing their basic rights and being subjected to physical and mental torture like it happened during the previous Taliban regime in the 1990s. They, with all their might, have been desperately trying to flee the country along with their children. So much so that a few even attempted at passing their babies over the barbed wires of the airport to secure their lives.
The Taliban seized Afghanistan on August 15 during a rapid military campaign. Ever since, thousands of Afghans have been trying to escape the country in a bid to save their lives. The Taliban recently formed a new all-male government and introduced new laws that are expected to be followed by those in the country.