Liberty Journal

Afghanistan’s first female mayor: ‘I’m waiting for Taliban to come for people like me and kill me’

When Zarifa Ghafari spoke to i from her Kabul apartment just three weeks ago, she was hopeful that she – and her country – had a future.

On Sunday, with the Taliban preparing to assume control in the capital after its sickeningly quick advances across Afghanistan, she was waiting for the Islamic militants to come and kill her.

“I’m sitting here waiting for them to come. There is no one to help me or my family. I’m just sitting with them and my husband. And they will come for people like me and kill me. I can’t leave my family. And anyway, where would I go?”

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