Afghan Midwife Under the Taliban |Rabbit Holes

Nooria Hayar, a twenty-nine-year-old midwife at a public clinic in Ishkamish, Takhar Province, Afghanistan recently talked to BBC about the changes brought by the Taliban takeover.

During their previous rule over the country, girls and women were not allowed to be educated or have jobs, or have access to healthcare– the average life expectancy for women was fifty-seven years old.

Now the Taliban are bringing these restrictions back: Nooria and her male colleagues are banned from having meetings and she’s no longer allowed to leave the house without wearing a burqa, and then only when accompanied by a male relative. This is a very bleak situation.

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Davis, Rhodri. 14 August 2021. “Afghans living under Taliban lament loss of freedoms.” BBC World Service.

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