'They shot my wife': Afghan man recounts how his family tried to flee

Afghan capital Kabul under Taliban rule
Afghan capital Kabul under Taliban rule Copyright AA
By Ehsanullah Ziyayi
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Euronews spoke with several Afghan citizens in Kabul this week as well as Taliban fighters.


Holding bloody documents in his hands, a man in Kabul told Euronews his wife had been shot and killed as they tried to escape the country.

"I went to the airport with my wife and brother with our two kids. We took all of our documents with us...They fired at people. My kids and I were injured. They shot my wife. I’m left with my two children what am I supposed to do now," he said, breaking down in tears.

Euronews spoke with several Afghan citizens in Kabul this week and a number of Taliban fighters.

Here's what they had to say about the situation in the country in the week since the Taliban regained power in Afghanistan. All names have been withheld due to the security situation on the ground.

'No bright future for women'

Some said the armed group hasn't changed at all since it was last in power while others put the blame on President Ashraf Ghani, who fled the country.

"We don't see any bright future for our sisters and mothers," a local resident said. "The Taliban is the same old Taliban. The mujahideen is the same mujahideen. The same Taliban just returned. Nothing will ever change."

Few women have been seen on the streets of the city since the Taliban took over, residents say. Under the group's previous rule from 1996 to 2001, women were not allowed to work or go to school.

"I am too young to remember how it was 25 years ago but hearing from my mother, I know women were not allowed to go outside or to go shopping. Women were slaves who had to do housework," one young woman said.

"I can’t even imagine what the future will be like. After they took control, I didn’t leave the house for three days. I am too scared to leave my house."


Another Afghan woman told Euronews she was furious the previous leaders left the country.

"I never thought this would happen. I am spitting on those traitors," she said. "They've sold our security forces and left the country. We will never forgive them."

'Don't leave your country'

Taliban militants meanwhile claimed they would protect the country and that the traitors had now left.

"Don’t leave your country. Your country is your motherland. This is our motherland and its real sons have returned back," one Taliban fighter said.

"We promise that a government that follows Islamic rules will be formed," he added.

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