As Biden tries to spin that there is a kinder more gentler Taliban, we only need to look at the stories of how the music died literally with the horrific killing of Afghan folk singer Fawad Andarabi, who was executed by the Taliban for playing music. Add the failed attempt to save 280 young girls who were renown musicians. It tells us all we need to know.
It is the stuff of horror, heartache and helplessness: Afghan girls who have devoted their entire lives to making melodies have not only been silenced amid the Taliban takeover — they have been barred from entering the US military-run airport in Kabul.
According to reports, the girls had traveled over 17 hours with no food or water only to be turned away at the airport.Staff Sgt. Victor Mancilla/U.S. Marine Corps via AP
Now, the clock has run out.
“We had seven buses filled with world-renowned orchestra performers — 280 girls all approved to go,” said Robert Stryk, a Washington fixer who has been coordinating private evacuation efforts in conjunction with former Navy SEAL and US Congressman Scott Taylor (R-Va.).
“Our hearts are broken,” he added. “These young girls spent 17 hours on a hot bus with no food or water and were 393 feet from freedom but were denied entry into the airport because the United States government gave [the Taliban] the power to override the US Army’s 82nd Airborne.
“Our elected leaders failed these 280 young girls.”
For a glimpse into what the girls have to look forward to:
For Afghans, the day the music died coincided with the Taliban takeover of their country. Nothing drove home that fact than the horrific killing of Afghan folk singer Fawad Andarabi, who was executed by the Taliban for playing music.
The singer’s son said that the Taliban came to their farm and shot his father in the head. They targeted him because of his fame for playing the ghichak, a bowed lute, and preserving the traditional songs about his country.
While the Taliban told the media it would investigate, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid emphasized that “Music is forbidden in Islam.” Just days before, he announced to the media that music was banned. It was one of the first things the Taliban did after retaking power. Music was also banned under Taliban rule from 1996 until 2001.
Afghanistan: Afghan Folk Singer Fawad Andarabi Shot Dead By The Taliban | NewsMo
It wasn’t always this way in Afghanistan. For those who may not have seen this.
Afghanistan’s Golden Age: The Land Where Women’s Rights Were At Par With Western Nations | NewsMo
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