Aryana Sayeed: Afghan pop star describes ‘horrifying’ escape from Kabul and says ‘the world has allow us to down’ | World Information

An Afghan pop star and activist has informed Sky Information of her “horrifying” escape from the nation, saying it’s a miracle she was capable of depart and feels “the world has allow us to down”.

Aryana Sayeed, who has used her worldwide fame to amplify calls for girls’s rights and has 1.4 million Instagram followers, mentioned fleeing was not simple as she is such a well known face in her homeland.

She described the unfolding disaster following the Taliban’s takeover as a “catastrophe” and mentioned she “doesn’t imagine a phrase” of the hardline Islamist group’s guarantees to protect the rights of girls and women; once they had been final in energy in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, girls had been successfully put below home arrest as they weren’t allowed to work or have an schooling.

Afghan singer Aryana Sayeed is flown out of Kabul in this photo posted on her Instagram account. Pic: @aryanasayeedofficial/ Reuters
Sayeed shared this image along with her 1.4 million Instagram followers as she fled. Pic: @aryanasayeedofficial/ Reuters

The singer additionally expressed her frustration and anger that regardless of the lives misplaced in the course of the battle within the nation, triggered by the September 11 assaults, they now seem like “in the identical spot” as they had been 20 years in the past.

“I have been by way of a really horrifying expertise attempting to depart Afghanistan and escape,” Sayeed informed Sky Information.

“It was not simple in any respect for me as a result of I am a well known face and in addition the truth that I have been a girls’s rights activist and I’ve brazenly talked in opposition to Taliban for a lot of, a few years now. So I’ve been a direct goal.

“I am fairly grateful, however my coronary heart goes out to all the ladies and youngsters and tens of millions of people who find themselves left behind in Afghanistan, they usually have nowhere to go.”

Sayeed had initially been booked on a flight out of Kabul on 15 August, however the journey by no means occurred.

“The aeroplane we had been booked on was full of hundreds of individuals and [there were] folks with weapons inside,” she mentioned. “The following day we tried to come back to the airport, similar story, hundreds of individuals, youngsters crying. It was a catastrophe, completely disastrous.”

The singer, who has a British passport, was ultimately capable of escape a couple of days later alongside along with her fiance Hasib Sayed, and spoke to Sky Information from Los Angeles. She mentioned she is “one of many fortunate ones”.

Afghan singer Aryana Sayeed. Pic: Sherzaad Entertainment/ Reuters
The star has used her platform to be vocal about girls’s rights and converse out in opposition to the Taliban. Pic: Sherzaad Leisure/ Reuters

Recalling the Taliban’s earlier time in management, Sayeed mentioned that “what they did to girls in Afghanistan 20 years in the past was… horror” and that she believes they’re saying they are going to be completely different this time “simply to have the ability to be recognised by the world”.

She continued: “What’s the assure that after they’re recognised, they’ll maintain on to their phrase? They are going to simply flip again to who they had been – or who they are. I simply do not imagine a phrase.

“I hope that what they’re saying, they’ll really act upon it. And I hope that the world, in the event that they attain some sort of take care of them, I hope that they’ll maintain them accountable for what they’re saying proper now.”

On Tuesday night, Boris Johnson mentioned the G7 group of countries had agreed a “roadmap” for future engagement with the Taliban.

Sayeed informed Sky Information she wish to ask world leaders “what was responsible for the world to go to Afghanistan?” within the first place.

“If we attempt to keep in mind 20 years in the past, they went to Afghanistan saying that we try to do away with al Qaeda and we’ll do away with Taliban. However 20 years later, we’re again in the identical spot and nothing has been accomplished.

“Though American troopers lives had been misplaced in Afghanistan, UK troopers had been sacrificed in Afghanistan. And after spending tens of millions and trillions of {dollars} in Afghanistan, nothing has been accomplished.

“I can’t imagine that they might simply depart us and simply go, similar to that. It is actually surprising to me.”

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