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A year after Taliban, Afghans who chose to stay fear grim future Taliban News

Mina Arimi never left Kabul. Neither during the war in which she was born, nor in her first Taliban regime when she was young, nor last year when the Afghan government collapsed and the Taliban occupied her homeland.

Even when her friends and colleagues fled in fear of the new regime, Alimi was one of only 270 female judge In the country, despite the threats against her, she chose to stay. Her name was changed to protect her identity because she is in danger.

“I had many opportunities to leave Afghanistan, but that meant leaving behind my old parents, my parents-in-law and my siblings who supported me in every way possible. And they were in as much danger as I was.Can I leave them at the mercy of the Taliban and the criminals they have released?” Alimi told Al Jazeera.

Threats and even armed attacks were not uncommon in her work. In the year before the takeover, several female judges were targeted in assassination attempts in Afghanistan, resulting in murder of a judge Kadria Yashini and Zakia Herawi.

Alimi had also received threats from the Taliban and other armed groups in Afghanistan, but she ignored them thanks to her unwavering faith in the rule of law that she had defended over the years.

“They are looking for me”

But when the Taliban marched into Afghan cities as part of their nice takeover Last August they began releasing prisoners from Afghan prisons. Among them were criminals whom Alimi helped contain.

“I worked in the Courts of the Criminal Division and participated in the hearings that convicted many Taliban fighters and other criminals. and they have been looking for me ever since I was released,” she said, adding that the threats forced her and her family into hiding.

“I can’t even imagine what they would do to me, but I am afraid of what they would do to my family,” she said.

Afghanistan has seen nearly 500,000 people flee the country in the year since the Taliban took over.The United Nations said that 2.6 million Afghans asylum seeker Registered at the end of 2021.

While Arimi remained to protect his family, the others hoped to rebuild their lives now that the war was over.

Marzia, a 52-year-old university professor, says she came back for her students, especially the woman she was training in hopes of leading a new Afghanistan.

“We had a lot of hope for the next generation, the young people we are training to take over the Afghan place,” Marzia said.

She said she felt a strong sense of loyalty to her country.

“When the Taliban came along, I had several opportunities to leave. Many of my colleagues left because of the threats I faced to work with them, but I chose to stay. The country has invested a lot in me.I have to grow up, get educated and work here.I can’t leave everything behind,” she told Al Jazeera.

‘The situation is dire’

Two women who spent the past year under the Taliban regime expressed great disappointment.

Marzia hoped that the end of the war would mean an end to violence and bloodshed and would provide stability for Afghanistan to rebuild, even though the Afghan government and its economy had collapsed.

“But the situation is dire,” Marzia said.

The professor said her family has been hit hard by the economic crisis and is struggling to make a living.

“People are starving and the Taliban stop me instead because of the clothes I’m wearing or because I don’t have a mahram. [male guardian] Traveling. It’s infuriating,” she said.

She said she had been instructed by the university’s management to evict students from classrooms if they were wearing brightly colored clothing.

Alimi also laments the lack of women in Afghanistan’s judiciary.

“We have over 200 people and have given Afghan women the confidence to approach the justice system. In a conservative society like Afghanistan, women feel safe approaching male judges. Because of their inability to do so, they oversaw more cases than men could handle, such as violence against women, domestic and family issues.

Although now hunted by those convicted, Alimi does not regret her decision to stay with her family. .

“I spend a lot of time thinking about my daughter’s future. I think no mother would accept such a fate for her child,” she said.

Marzia agreed. “we [Afghan women] Over the past 20 years, through hard work and sacrifice, we have made so much profit and lost it all.i believed them [Taliban] And I hoped they changed. They shouldn’t have been trusted,” she said, recalling the 1990s when the Taliban last came to power.

“Still closed [girls’] school. I hid my books and studied in an underground school. After they were overthrown, I worked very hard to get where I am today. I should have known better,” she added.

“No, I don’t regret staying. I’m so disappointed. I will never forgive myself if I leave these young women behind.”

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