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  • Gali Weiss

Where are They?

I have discovered Rukhshana Media, an Afghan women's media organisation created in November 2020 in memory of Rukhshana, a young woman who was stoned to death in 2015 in Ghor Province for having fled with a lover after a forced marriage. Since the Fall of Kabul on 15 August 2021, Rukhshana Media has been reporting in English as well as Dari.

The website reported an at-home gathering of women in protest that resulted in two more abductions.

"Two weeks after the forced disappearance of six people in connection with the women’s rights protests, two women’s rights activists were abducted in the past 24 hours in Kabul, friends and activists told Rukhshana Media."

U told me about them. The Taliban abducted Zahra Mohammadi, a dentist, from her private clinic in Kabul last Thursday. Zahra was one of the women activists who participated in the same protest as Tamana Zaryab Paryani (see previous post). The other woman who had been at the protest and disappeared last week was Mursal Ayar.

Zahra Mohammadi and Mursal Ayar (Facebook Afghanistan)

The article told of the abduction of Mursal Ayar soon after the gathering.

"A protest organizer who spoke on condition of anonymity told Rukhshana Media that Mursal Ayar, an activist who took part in the recent women’s protest, was abducted from her house on Wednesday. Ayar’s mother reportedly told a friend of Mursal that 10 Taliban gunmen abducted her from her house. In less than 24 hours, Mohammadi became the latest victim of the forced disappearance of activists in Kabul."

Rukhshana Media reported that on that Wednesday, the day before Zahra Mohammadi was abducted, she and her group of friends called Unity and Solidarity of Afghanistan women, had held an indoor protest to call for the immediate release of their friends, Tamana Zaryab Paryani and Parwana Ibrahimkhel, who were taken by the Taliban on January 19 in Kabul.

U says:

"Still nobody knows anything about what happened to them. In the last month lots of educated girls like Zahra, Tamana, Parwana, Mursal … have been kidnapped by the Taliban.

Zahra Mohammadi

When the Taliban asked women to wear the Hijab and stated they are not allowed to wear bright colours any more, Zahra posted this picture on her Facebook site and wrote that black dress is not our traditional dress, this colourful dress is our tradition and we love it."

I asked U for any news she may have heard about Tamana Zaryab Paryani and the others, whose video I posted previously showing her terror as the Taliban were about to enter into her home.

"They were all kidnapped by the Taliban and still they are not released. Now the Taliban says that they were not kidnapped by the Taliban, but they are lying. A few days ago, Tamana's mother called one of the protester activists (who is in Norway negotiating with the Taliban) and said that Tamana is in police offices in Kabul and she has been seriously tortured by them.

The Taliban is still looking for protesters and educated women but they want to hide it, just so they will be recognized by other governments and receive support."


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