Fatima, the journalist threatened by the Taliban who has managed to flee: In Afghanistan there is no future

"I had decided to escape six months ago, the Taliban had threatened me, my life would have dangled if it had been a journalist". Fatima Sadat hides emotion

Fatima, the journalist threatened by the Taliban who has managed to flee: In Afghanistan there is no future

"I had decided to escape six months ago, the Taliban had threatened me, my life would have dangled if it had been a journalist". Fatima Sadat hides emotion well. She is accustomed, although she is only 26 years old. She has been a television presenter in Kabul during the last five years but now she is tired. She left yesterday morning at 8 of the confused Kabul, the city prostrate to the Taliban Yugo, and this morning at 4 she managed to reach Islamabad. She came by road across the border until Khyber's pass, between Afghanistan and Pakistan; On a trip that normally takes between 8 and 9 hours and that lengthened twelve more hours. "They were the Pakistanis who stopped us at Customs, not the Taliban," she explains.

He arrived in Islamabad with a delegation of former hierarch of his country thanks to the letter of invitation from the Pakistani government to attend a conference that was scheduled for months. It was his last chance. Pakistan has closed its borders to refugees who have not been invited by other countries and are soon expected that Taliban also block borders. "But now I will certainly not return, I will stay here in Pakistan. Under the Taliban there is no future for women who want to work, especially on television," she explains.

Nothing more graduating, Fatima began to lock on a small local television, Khurshid TV. She then gave the great leap when hired by Tolo, the best-known television in the country. "I was happy, a precious job," she recalls. But the world collapsed one day at the end of March, when someone threw a stone against her house with a threatening message. "You are Muslim, but you work for the infidels, spread news against us, but we do not commit any cruelty, we only comply with our duty, we fight in a holy war," she reads on the letter written by hand on a white sheet.

At the bottom of the letter appears the seal with the unequivocal logo of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Fatima photographed her and now shows that seal on her mobile. She's hand is trembling. "You see? They took a long time looking for me, my father immediately forced me to leave Tolo, since then he was locked up at home and compiled written bulletins for another channel, Negah TV. But it was not the same," she explains. She arrived in Pakistan with little money and is now looking for a job. She is the umpteenth victim of a movement that does not look at anyone in the face to impose the principles of her.

Updated Date: 04 September 2021, 10:42

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