Afghan artists react to the Taliban takeover

“The world powers assume they will take care of every thing by means of drive, weapons and cash, however, earlier than one does something, one must get acquainted with the traditions and historical past of the nation,” Laila Noor, an Afghan girls’s activist and designer primarily based in Germany, informed DW.

“One must be delicate and ask, what’s vital for the folks of this nation? These barbarians should not have something to do with the humanities and tradition, however different folks in Afghanistan do. It’s these individuals who want help and safety and who shouldn’t be merely delivered to those that haven’t any respect for the humanities, tradition or girls,” she added.

In an interview with CNN, former US Protection Secretary Chuck Hagel, who served beneath President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2015, got here to the same conclusion: “The historical past of Afghanistan we did not perceive in any respect,” he stated. “We by no means understood the tradition. We by no means understood the faith. We by no means understood the tribalism.”

‘Deep disappointment’

Afghan artists and cultural figures around the globe are asking troublesome questions, most significantly, making the US and Western nations accountable for the influence of their actions within the nation.

Khaled Hosseini, the writer of best-selling novels The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, is among the many outstanding Afghans commenting on the scenario on Twitter.

In a written assertion to DW, the Kabul-born writer expressed disappointment as he adopted the developments in Kabul, saying he was “deeply disillusioned and gravely involved for the nation.” Hosseini talked about the optimistic outcomes achieved by peacemaking efforts prior to now 20 years however emphasised that the progress made was now being threatened. 

“The US and the worldwide group at giant should take steps to forestall a humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan. They have to exert stress on the Taliban to respect the important human rights of Afghans, notably girls and women, and to chorus from utilizing violence towards Afghan residents,” the novelist stated.

Afghan artists destroying their works — or resisting

DW contacted completely different artists and filmmakers in Afghanistan who stated that that they had gone into hiding and that they had been attempting to take their work off the web and most popular to keep away from interviews.

Afghan designer Shamayel Pawthkhameh Shalizi, who lives in Berlin, shared the testimonies of family and friends who’re unable to go away Afghanistan.

“I am listening to a whole lot of panic, worry, the resurgence of the PTSD of the individuals who have lived by means of Taliban time earlier than,” she stated. It is perceived by the Afghans as a “regression to a time that they by no means thought would come again once more,” she added.

“Although they quote to be ‘completely different’ now,” Shalizi identified, primarily based on the instance of the Taliban regime 25 years in the past. “It isn’t a protected place to be an artist proper now, each in case you proceed to create artwork in addition to in case you had been creating artwork these 20 years of no Taliban. These are very weak communities, artists particularly and particularly the artists who’re from much more marginalised communities,” akin to girls and non secular minorities. 

Shalizi has heard from her musician pals in Afghanistan that they’re now breaking down their studios and hiding every thing. However she has additionally been in contact with different artists who proceed their artwork as a type of resistance, doing music or graffiti in Kabul because the Taliban take over the town, “as a swan tune,” the very last thing they do earlier than going underground.

Artists depicting the Taliban regime negatively are beneath further heightened menace, Shalizi stated, however artwork, usually, is perceived as a menace by the Taliban.

Filmmaker Sahraa Karimi stated as a lot in an open letter that was extensively circulated on social media: “If the Taliban take over, they are going to ban all artwork. I and different filmmakers could possibly be subsequent on their hit checklist.”

The director has in the meantime managed to flee Afghanistan, she wrote in a tweet.

‘It is the identical Taliban’

The repression has already begun, stated Noor, whose organisation Afghanistan Girls’s Community runs a number of colleges in underprivileged areas in Afghanistan. Instructional establishments have been closed, and ladies and women are staying indoors. Everyone is afraid.

Noor believes that, as beneath their previous regime, the Taliban authorities will keep quiet for the primary six months, once they want worldwide assist, after which start to stifle rights.

“Twenty years in the past, the Taliban shut all colleges, women had been forbidden from going to highschool, girls could not go to work, they had been whipped, they had been stoned, they had been raped. The world saved watching. It is the identical Taliban,” she stated.

“I do not know what sort of folks they’re. They kill girls they usually have been introduced into this world by a lady. They haven’t any respect, for his or her sisters, moms, and artwork and tradition is anyway a sin. Twenty years in the past they destroyed our world heritage in Bamiyan,” Noor stated.

The worldwide group got here to Afghanistan twenty years in the past, she stated. Governments ought to have discovered a global resolution to the issue, she added, and never run away to go away folks within the lurch. “Please perceive the frustration, the ache and the anger that Afghans carry inside themselves,” she stated.

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