- Title: After Taliban takeover, Afghans in the Gulf worry about home
- Date: 30th August 2021
- Summary: DUBAI, UAE (FILE - JUNE 21, 2021) (REUTERS) STREET IN DUBAI
- Embargoed: 13th September 2021 12:04
- Keywords: Afghanistan Conflict Dubai Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates Workers
- Location: RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA AND DUBAI, UAE
- City: RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA AND DUBAI, UAE
- Country: Various
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001ESH28G7
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- Story Text: Five months ago, 35-year-old Abadet left Afghanistan with her two teenage daughters for the Gulf fearing for their safety after a series of explosions in the city where they lived.
Now safe in the United Arab Emirates, Abadet fears for her family back in Afghanistan following the swift take over by the Taliban that culminated this month with the capture of Kabul.
"I'm really scared for them and I wish I can help them and bring them to me or any other country that is safe," she said of her mother and three sisters who are now in Kabul.
Abadet recalled witnessing a street battle in Afghanistan's Mazar-e-Sharif between government and Taliban forces, which she described as "horrible" and the Taliban of being "very brutal."
She said she worries women's lives in will become increasingly difficult under the Taliban, who she said were merciless towards women and forced single young women to marry.
"Women's rights are lost over there especially that we don't have men, our life is difficult in Afghanistan especially now with the Taliban in charge," said Abadet, who did not disclose her surname.
The Taliban have sought to reassure they will respect women's rights this time round, having largely barred them from working or studying during their 1996-2001 rule.
The proclamations have been met with doubt.
In neighboring Saudi Arabia, Afghan migrant Khalid Abdulrashed told Reuters he prays for peace in his country and that all those who recently fled will be able to return safely.
Others hope that a looming economic crisis caused by the Taliban takeover can be staved off.
"We want the government to be formed, Taliban are also our brothers, they are in government now, we want to have a government so that in the future everything gets back to normal," Afghan migrant Sheren Agha said in Riyadh.
(Production: Mohammed Benmansour, Abdelhadi Ramahi)
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