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4 days after the takeover of the Taliban, Kabul streets are almost without women

Kabul: Four days after the Taliban’s rapid and unexpected invasion of Kabul, the streets of the Afghan capital are almost completely devoid of women, The Guardian reported. The few women who are on the streets could be seen wearing the traditional blue burka, the Islamic clothing that, despite being customary in Afghanistan, was not used so widely in Kabul until now. Many women are dressed in the long black clothing usually worn in the Middle East and Arab nations.Read also – Taliban takeover: First signs of protests seen in parts of Afghanistan, more killed | 10 points

All the women are accompanied by a male guardian – a requirement that the Taliban has imposed on women across the country. Many of these women were out shopping; a simple task that has become extremely dangerous for them now. Read also – Afghan footballer Zaki Anwari fell dead from US military plane at Kabul airport

It is hard to believe that a few days ago, the streets of Kabul were full of women embarking on their business, despite the intrusive security risk when the Taliban swept across Afghanistan. Also read – Taliban flag torn down in first major protest in Afghanistan’s Asadabad

Now they walk fast and full of fear, and their eyes are constantly waiting for any possible aggression from Taliban fighters patrolling the once lively streets.

Since the Taliban’s occupation of Afghanistan, all education centers, schools, universities, government buildings and private offices have been closed.

On the streets of the city there are no law or security officers; no police or traffic authorities who once gave any kind of order. A resident of Kabul says he witnessed the Taliban driving police cars towards the traffic in the middle of the road at high speed.

Pol e Sorkh, an area known as the cultural center of the young and educated generation of Afghanistan, is no longer lively. Roads and sidewalks are empty, except for a few sad and depressed men walking the streets out of boredom, the report said.

Laila Haidari, the owner of Taj Begum restaurant, wrote on her social media page: “The world changed for us forever. Taj Begum is no more. ”

She, along with many businesswomen, closed her restaurant after the fall of Kabul.

Another popular restaurant a few hundred meters away, also run by women, is closed. The restaurants and cafes in Kabul that are open have no female employees or customers. All beauty salons throughout the city are closed, although male barbershops are open.

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