Khalida Popal, a former captain of the Afghanistan girls’s soccer workforce and co-founder of the Afghan girls’s soccer league, urged gamers to take drastic precautions now that the Taliban is in energy once more.
Popal informed Reuters on Wednesday that feminine gamers ought to conceal their identities and even burn their uniforms.
“Immediately I am calling them and telling them, take down their names, take away their identities, take down their pictures for his or her security. Even I am telling them to burn down or eliminate your nationwide workforce uniform,” she stated.
“And that’s painful for me, for somebody as an activist who stood up and did every thing potential to attain and earn that identification as a girls’s nationwide workforce participant. To earn that badge on the chest, to have the proper to play and symbolize our nation, how a lot we had been proud.”
Based on Reuters, the Taliban stopped girls from working and barred women from faculties throughout its rule in 1996-2001. Those that broke the Taliban’s strict guidelines suffered dire penalties.
Popal advised feminine soccer gamers may very well be focused as a result of the game had allowed girls to face up for his or her rights as people.
“They’re so afraid. They’re frightened, they’re scared, not solely the gamers, but in addition the activists… they’ve no person to go to, to hunt safety, to ask for assist if they’re in peril,” Popal informed Reuters. “They’re afraid that any time the door will likely be knocked.
“What we’re seeing is a rustic collapsing. All of the pleasure, happiness to be there to empower men and women of the nation is prefer it was simply wasted.”
The Afghanistan girls’s soccer workforce was shaped in 2007, effectively after the Taliban was compelled out.