A heartbreaking video shows a young Afghan girl crying about how “no one cares about us” — and expressing fears that the brutal Taliban rule will ensure they will “die slowly in history.”
“We don’t count because we were born in Afghanistan,” says the unidentified young Afghan in a video shared by journalist and activist Masih Alinejad and seen more than 1.7 million times by Monday morning.
“I cannot help crying. I have to wipe my tears to be able to film this video,” says the whispering girl who appears to be sitting in a car.
“No one cares about us. We’ll die slowly in history,” she says, ending with more tears after saying, “Isn’t it funny.”
Alinejad gave no further details on who the person was in the video posted Friday, including how old they are as well as where and when it was recorded.
She described it as the “tears of a hopeless Afghan girl whose future is getting shattered as the Taliban advance in the country.”
“My heart breaks for women of Afghanistan,” she wrote of fears that the Taliban will once again impose extreme Islamic Sharia law, stealing their basic freedoms and leaving many brutalized
“The world has failed them. History will write this,” Alinejad said of the clip, widely shared by others, including by “The Kite Runner” author Khaled Hosseini who said he was “heartbroken” by the clip.
During their earlier rule, the Taliban barred women from working outside the home or attending school.
Women were required to wear the burqa and had to be accompanied by a male relative whenever they went outside. Those found guilty of crimes such as adultery were also stoned to death.
The secretary-general of the United Nations, António Guterres, said Friday that he was “deeply disturbed by early indications that the Taliban are imposing severe restrictions on human rights” for women.
“It is particularly horrifying and heartbreaking to see reports of the hard-won rights of Afghan girls and women being ripped away from them,” he said.