What do you picture when you hear the word “brave”?
To Sam Mort, UNICEF’s Chief of Communications in Afghanistan, her idea of “brave” is Afghan women.
And initially, most would be inclined to agree when she states that “…I see a bravery in Afghanistan’s girls and women that I haven’t seen anywhere else…” After all, having to endure wars against two superpowers back to back with nothing but faith in Allah (SWT) is a testament to their courage.
But the reason why she views them as brave is where the agreement ends.
Afghanistan has long been one of the worst places on earth to be a child and in recent months, it’s become a much darker place so it’s important that the eyes and ears of the world remain focused on the most vulnerable and how best to help them.
UNICEF works with a lot of young people and, since I arrived in Afghanistan a year ago, I have been struck by their energy, optimism, and determination to forge forward, particularly in their desire for education. It’s not easy, especially for young women who in their desire to learn and seek new opportunities confront daily threats, hardships and challenges.
It’s odd, Mort’s admiration of Afghan women seems to stem from their willingness to accept Western norms in a classroom when she should actually admire them for surviving a concerted effort to invade their land.
She should also understand that the Afghanistan crisis that makes it “one of the worst places on earth…” is caused by Western decimation and not the Taliban’s stance on education for women.
How does she account for the fact that over half the population of Afghanistan had plunged below the poverty line by 2016 and is only continuing to rise due to the United States withholding Afghanistan’s wealth? Could it have anything to do with the “War on Terror” against Afghanistan being the longest war in American history?
Or does she actually believe that the dire state of affairs in Afghanistan is actually because the Taliban refuses to let women pursue liberal arts degrees amid a governmental power transfer? Perhaps the best way to define bravery is by first figuring out what cowardice is.
The U.S. launched more than 13,000 drone strikes in Afghanistan between 2015 and 2020, killing up to 10,000 people
Afghanistan soon became the beta test site for high-tech drone warfare, leading to countless civilian casualties and deep resentment among the Afghan people, who felt helpless against the unseen threat circling overhead.
It’s hard to discern what’s more spineless: The imperial West or the fringe Afghani women that believe it’s okay to continue the secularization that has ravaged their country into starvation.
Say, for the sake of argument, that the UN has a genuine concern for the sanctity of Afghan life. Why does it feel the need to intertwine two unrelated issues: the existential humanitarian crisis and the temporary hiatus of schooling?
Following an announcement by the Taliban that boys could return to secondary school — while making no reference to a return date for girls in secondary school — anxiety and uncertainty stalk the one million girls affected by this omission.
…“UNICEF stayed in Afghanistan because that is what we do. We’re here before, during and after an emergency and, at the moment, around half the country is in desperate need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million children.
Isn’t it disturbing for the article to somehow attribute the anxiety and uncertainty that Afghan women are facing because they can’t attend school, when in reality, they might not even be alive to take their final exams because of the humanitarian crisis going on?
If these “humanitarian” organizations really cared, they would do their utmost to draw attention to the humanitarian crises rather than the educational policies set by the Taliban.
The BBC has recently compiled a top 100 list of influential women. Many of them are the type of “brave” Afghani women that Mort admires.
After working for the government at the presidential palace for a number of years, in various capacities, Razia Barakzai found herself without a job once the Taliban took power in Afghanistan.
Since then, she has been actively involved in marches in Kabul, where countless women have demanded the right to work and receive an education.
“The educated and young of the country – especially the brave, warrior women of Afghanistan – one day will be the flag-bearers of freedom. I see this every day through the demonstrations in the streets.” – Razia Barakzai
Barakzai is the type of person you’d never want to come across! The level of selfish arrogance and disregard for communal priorities warrants a strong physiological response involving the forceful expulsion of stomach contents.
Protesting just for the sake of protesting doesn’t make you brave. It makes you a public nuisance that hinders and jeopardizes society. These are the type of unhinged feminists that the West as a whole relies on to subvert Islam and Muslim society as a whole.
Despite all this, Mort does admittedly lose sleep over Afghanistan’s plight but again for the completely wrong reasons.
So, what keeps me awake at night? It is the unfulfilled potential of young people, particularly young women, that is difficult.”
At least you’ll be awake with a full stomach and a fireplace beside you to keep you warm, Mort. What keeps Afghanistan awake is starvation, malnutrition, disease — not lack of “education” as defined by liberal secularists. What good is that “education,” by the way, if it produces insensitive, pro-nation-building stooges like you, Mort?
But like their perseverance against the United States and Soviet Union, Afghanistan will brave through this challenge as well. Inshallah.