Zarifa Ghafari, who is among Afghanistan’s few female mayors, has said she will stay put in the country despite fears of a Taliban attack.

“I’m sitting here waiting for them to come,” Ghafari told British newspaper iNews. She added that there was no one to “help me or my family. I’m just sitting with them and my husband. And they will come for people like me and kill me.”

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The mayor of Maidan Shar said she can’t leave her family as she has nowhere to go.

The 27-year-old became Afghanistan’s youngest and Maidan Shar’s first female mayor in 2018 after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appointed her to the post, NBC News reported.

She was given a role within the Defense Ministry in Kabul amid Taliban’s  growing resurgence in the country.

Weeks before the Taliban seized control of Kabul from the Ashraf Ghani-led government, she told iNews that she was hopeful of a future for the country.

“Younger people are aware of what’s happening. They have social media. They communicate. I think they will continue fighting for progress and our rights,” Ghafari was quoted as saying.

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Ghafari has survived multiple attempts on her life by the Taliban and her father, General Abdul Wasi Ghafari, was killed by the group last November.

A picture showing a man whitewashing images of female models outside a beauty salon in Kabul has gone viral on social media and raised concerns about a repeat of the Taliban’s previous regime when women were barred from going outside without male relatives and subjected to other rules according to the group’s interpretation of Islamic laws. 

Taliban on Tuesday sought to downplay those concerns by promising to respect women within the confines of Islamic law.

Thousands of Afghans have been trying to flee the country with the heavy rush at Hamid Karzai International Airport leading to chaos in which several people were killed reportedly due to stampede and firing.