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AFGHANISTAN: An Afghan Woman’s Plea to the Taliban

Kamila Geethi
Posted September 15, 2021 from Afghanistan
Photo courtesy of Eugene Chystiakov

Kamila Geethi escaped Kabul after the Taliban seized the capital in August. In this urgent letter to the Taliban, she pleads for the new leaders of her country to care for her homeland.

“Doesn’t your chest feel heavy with the guilt of thousands of innocent lives massacred? Don't you fear the screams of these children in your sleep?

Editor's Note: This story is part three in a series. Read part one and part two.

To the Taliban,

As I write this appeal to you, I am filled with the pain and sorrows of Afghanistan. In the last few decades, this land has only witnessed killings, genocide, bombings, mothers’ tears, young girls’ screams, and terror attacks on children and the innocent.

I am writing to you to implore you for peace and for humanity. 

I am a 25-year-old Afghan woman, and I have spent half my life as a refugee. I am your daughter, your sister, your niece. Maybe one day I will be a mother, the heavens placed under my feet as it is for all mothers.

I am an educated woman. I can read and write and debate and look into your eyes. I can also read and understand the Holy Quran; I am a Muslim woman who knows and understands Sharia Law, who follows it daily.

I ask you: Was Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) living a life that did not comply with Sharia when he worked for a businesswoman, his wife Bibi Khadija? Was he not compliant when he sought her help in every aspect of his life? 

Let the Afghan women and girls learn, work, and help you as the wife of the Prophet did for him. I plead, do not hide these brave women behind burqas and imprison them in their homes. Let Afghanistan breathe in peace. Without terror and with love, create a new identity for yourself in the eyes of Afghans, and we will forgive you!

Foreign troops have left Afghanistan, and now it is a new chapter in the history of Afghanistan; it can be a new chapter for the Taliban, too. Two decades of war, insecurity, and conflict have killed hundreds of thousands of Afghans.

When you last ruled, Afghanistan plunged into darkness and ignorance. We lost our best writers, poets, scholars, engineers, and many more. Shouldn’t this be enough? Doesn’t your chest feel heavy with the guilt of thousands of innocent lives massacred? Don't you fear the screams of these children in your sleep? 

I wonder if you are as tired as we are; your shoulders must be worn down with the weight of your weapons, your hearts must be wary of the things you have witnessed, the things you see every day. You must long to be in the arms of your families, to be with your loved ones. I imagine your children are desperately waiting for you to arrive back home; I imagine you want to be with them.

Stop this terror, this cruelty, and end this chapter. Care, love, and humanity is more powerful than any weapon. Open your arms and help us build a prosperous Afghanistan, welcome in a new era that celebrates all her people. Then, perhaps we would welcome you.

I am Khadija. 

I am Fatima. I am Mulki Jan, Shakiba Bibi, Sakina; I am a daughter of Afghanistan, I am your daughter…

Taliban, Afghanistan is now in your hands; please take care of my people.


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Kika Katchunga
Sep 16
Sep 16

Hello kamila,

it is really horrible what is happening there in your country; I pray my prayers and that the good Lord assist you in this hard life; that all these things end that true peace is instant in your country.
We are from the heart with you
be strong my sister
Thank you for sharing

Kamila Geethi
Sep 17
Sep 17

Hello Kika,

Thank you for solidarity and for standing with Afghan people, I am having faith that our voice matters and our faith and prayers will lead the country towards peace and prosperity.

#StandwithAfghanistan

Love and regards,
Kamila

gayle kimball
Sep 17
Sep 17

Thank you for sharing this letter. I'm writing a book about young feminist activists and would like to include you. Do you have access to Skype for an interview? Thanks, Gayle gkimball at csuchico dot edu

Kamila Geethi
Sep 17
Sep 17

Dear Kimball,

Thank you for encouragement and solidarity, please do not get tired of speaking about Afghanistan, especially Afghan women and girls. It would be an honor for me to be interviewed as a young feminist activist. I am sending my skype to you in your inbox.
Warmly,
Kamila

Starshine
Sep 24
Sep 24

Thank you for your courage in speaking love, peace, and truth. My prayer is for hearts of the Taliban to open to peace and honor in a new age.

malayapinas
Oct 04
Oct 04

Hi Kamila ! I've been following up Afghanistan everyday since the Taliban took over. Reading your story is very inspiring to call on government to respect the rights of women and girls. Sad that in Muslim countries like yours and even in the whole world women and girls are discriminated in various ways . Keep strong and be safe !