Feeling Blue...Afghan women forced to wear burqa by the Taliban, while shop owners inflate the prices...

jomarieb.earth
Posted August 18, 2021 from United States
Reuters, Daily Herald, NDTV.com and Fair Observer-photos. (1/1)

In Kabul, a sense of grief and panic has overwhelmed women in the Afghan capital. With two-thirds of the population under the age of 30, most women here have never lived under Taliban control. So they don't own and have never worn a burqa.

Many younger women in Kabul feel the conflicting sense of despair and defiance. Mula, a model and designer, has worked for years to establish a small business and now she sees it heading towards obliteration.  “My whole life has been about trying to show the beauty, diversity and creativity of Afghan women,” she says. All her life, she says, she has fought the image of the Afghan woman as a faceless figure in a blue burqa.

“I never thought I would wear one but now I don’t know.  It’s like my identity is about to be scrubbed out.  I stay up late at night, sometimes till one or two in the morning, worrying about what will happen. I am afraid that because I am rejecting the burqa, soon I will have to stay at home and I will lose my independence and freedom.  But if I accept the burqa, it will exercise power over me. I am not ready to let that happen.”

As the Taliban close in on Kabul, women inside the city are getting ready for what may be coming. “Before, most of our customers were from the provinces,” says Aref. “Now it is city women who are buying them.”

One of these women is Aayla, who is haggling with another shopkeeper over rapidly inflating burqa prices. “Last year these burqas cost AFS 200 [£2]. Now they’re trying to sell them to us for AFS 2,000 to 3,000,” she says. As the fear among women in Kabul has grown, the prices have risen.

So not only are the women of Afghanistan being forced to cover with the burqa, but the male shop owners have inflated the prices, taking full advantage because they know the women must buy them because most of the women don't own any.  They are being taken advantage because they must adhere to sharia law.

Credits to: The Guardian-content, Reuters, Daily Herald, NDTV.com and Fair Observer-photos.

Hugs provided by JoMarie

This story was submitted in response to Revolutionary Solidarity.

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Neerja.c108
Aug 18
Aug 18

This is so heartbreaking :(

jomarieb.earth
Aug 19
Aug 19

I pray that underneath those burqas is a revolution brewing. One that the women will win.

Nini Mappo
Aug 18
Aug 18

There are some new realities and there are some new realities that should never havebeen. This is one of them. I feel for these young women waking up one morning to almost find out that they don't know who they ought to be, because they can't be who they are, and there is nowhere to run from themselves or the devastation of what is expected of them:/
Hugs to them too...still hunting for sparkles ;)

jomarieb.earth
Aug 19
Aug 19

Hey sis,
This is truly a crime against women. One that just wipes out their identity from the outside and works its way to the core of their minds and hearts. I know this is just the beginning of a very dark time repeated, and unfortunately amplified. I hope there is a way out of this for them. I pray that there is an uncontrollable shift on the way.
I will help you find some sparkles. I need some too! Hugs sis XOXO.

Wala Lut
Aug 19
Aug 19

Feel very Sorry for women there.
May God protect them.

jomarieb.earth
Aug 19
Aug 19

I hope that a revolution of sorts is brewing underneath the burqa, led by Allah.
Alhamdulillah...JoMarie

jomarieb.earth
Aug 19
Aug 19

Hi Wala,
This truly is a time for prayer of protection.
Hugs...JoMarie

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megsmueller
Aug 20
Aug 20

Hello again JoMarie
Clearly enough isn't enough. There's always more, more control, more enforcement. It's like Nini says, you go to bed knowing who you are and what you stand for. The next morning you need an introduction to yourself. Sisters we need to embrace our freedom and we need to use it to free others. May God be with them...

Much love!

jomarieb.earth
Aug 20
Aug 20

Hi Megs,
Always glad when you stop by. It is baffling how much further men can go to oppress women simply because they are women. Their lack of education makes them believe it as the law of Islam. I believe this new generation of women will not be able to be contained. Underneath the burqas will brew a new revolution. Much love back sis!

Busayo Obisakin
Aug 21
Aug 21

This is a very bad realities! how can they force people to be what they don't want to be! We will continue to send you prayers Afghanistan women and girls

jomarieb.earth
Aug 21
Aug 21

Hi Busayo,
I believe in time the Afghan women will overcome beyond our wildest dreams. It will take sacrifice, courage and strife. I pray for them too.
Thanks for stopping by sister.
Hugs...JoMarie

Elizabeth Francis
Aug 21
Aug 21

Hey my darling ,I have been trying t0 read up all I can 0n whats unf0lding bef0re 0ur eyes ,my heart bleeds as I see the desperati0n t0 flee and the deep sadness at n0t being able t00 T0 hear the st0ries 0f w0wen really n0w being f0rced t0 bec0me invisible is heartbreaking My prayers and taughts are with 0ur sisters ,I feel y0ur passi0n my sister We stand in S0lidarity ,Yes a rev0luti0n that garment l0ve and light

jomarieb.earth
Aug 21
Aug 21

Hello my sister! I'm so glad you are here!
This is a desperate situation. I have to believe in my heart that because these amazing women are very educated, internet savvy, and a new generation that has not worn burqas, they will have their own revolution. It will take time, strife and being very clever. We know that men have to close their eyes sooner or later. I believe these sisters are lionesses and we will see something in the future very unexpected. I am exercising more optimism sister. Please see my other posts regarding Afghanistan, 3 more.
Hugs, love and light...JoMarie

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 22
Aug 22

Dear JoMarie,
Thank you for raising your powerful voice and bringing information as we search for news on how our sisters in Afghanistan are surviving this horrible time. How disgusting that men selling burkas are raising their prices. Shame on them. Shame on them for even selling them instead of standing for the freedom of women in Afghanistan.
Hugs to you dear sister,
Tam

jomarieb.earth
Aug 22
Aug 22

Hi Tam,
I'm always glad to see you! Our Afghan sisters have a challenge that is unprecedented. But I hope and pray that the years they had to create a new generation of women is what will make the difference. Wait and see. This is an educated generation, that is tech savvy, and freedom minded. Men have to close their eyes sooner or later, because they have to sleep. I believe a movement will brew under the burqas. I pray for our sisters that they will rise.
Hugs...JoMarie

ESEZA MUKYALA
Aug 22
Aug 22

Hello sister Joe Marie,
Thanks for sharing with us and giving on more light on these funny annoying acts. It's really sad to hear what our sisters there are going through.

jomarieb.earth
Aug 22
Aug 22

Hi Eseza,
I'm glad that our community is aware and that we care. These are sad, annoying acts that women are having to tolerate. But I have faith because of the generation experiencing is majority young, educated and born free. I believe it will take time, but they will overcome. I pray for this. I'm glad you stopped by sister!

Hugs...JoMarie