The heartrending stories of atrocities happening on a daily basis in Afghanistan are starting to overwhelm me. The pain is too unbearable. The anger is too intense.
Every time I switch ontelevision and flip through news channels, some innocent has lost his or her life, a school has been bombed, a government building has been attacked, young lives have been cut short.
I am beginning to lose faith in humanity. Today, I demand justice for Farkhunda. I am Farkhunda. We are all Farkhunda.
Farkhunda, a 28 year old woman from Kabul, was a religious scholar and student of Islam. She had a degree in Islamic Studies and was well-versed in Holy Quran.
She had everything going for her until the hell broke loose last week.
She was brutally lynched, hit with stones and sticks, stamped on, driven over, and her body dragged by a car before being set on fire in a dry river next to the historic Shah Do Shamshira mosque in Kabul.
It was unarguably a horrendous crime against humanity, against human values, and against Islam. It is impossible to justify such barbarism
It was unarguably a horrendous crime against humanity, against human values, and against Islam.It is impossible to justify such barbarism.
The lynching of a defenseless woman became a spectacle for misogynist men who accused her of a crime she never committed.
All my life, I have been told that the real Afghans left when the Soviets left. That we were replaced by animals indoctrinated with Taliban beliefs. I refused to believe it, until now.
What has happened to us? We have forgotten our sanctified morals and principles. The Afghans who once ruled the Middle East and Asia.The Afghans who founded Zoroastrianism and Sufism.The Afghans who have always respected women.
Why have we forgotten all of that? Why have we become beasts in the garb of humans? We have begun resorted to entertaining our enemies, spilling blood of innocents and creating chaos within our people.
What was Farkhunda's crime to deserve an ignominious death like that? The fact that she challenged a local Mullah, a self-styled faith healer, for supplying Taveez (amulets) to credulous people?That she argued with men selling amulets in the name of religion?
What was Farkhunda's crime to deserve an ignominious death like that? The fact that she challenged a local Mullah, a self-styled faith healer, for supplying Taveez (amulets) to credulous people?
Farkhunda is not dead. She is a martyr. She has woken us up from a deep and blissful slumber. She will be remembered forever.
May Almighty grant her highest place in the paradise.She was an angel. Her death has led to an uprising. A revolution.
For the first time in Afghanistan’s history, women carried a coffin through streets of Kabul. Farkhunda’s coffin.
This was not just an attack on Farkhunda, but on all Afghan women. It is time for us to wake up. We have endured enough. We should not play into the hands of those who want to see us fall and fail.
May your beautiful soul rest in peace, Afghanistan's daughter.
Fatima Shaker is a young Afghan student based in United Kingdom (UK). She tweets here.
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26th Oct 2017
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