We Watch On Complete Shock As Taliban Takes Control Of Afghanistan: Malala

Mumbai: Activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai on Sunday expressed her sadness and fear over the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

Yousafzai called for an immediate ceasefire from global, regional and local powers, saying she was deeply concerned about the women, minorities and human rights advocates living in the war-torn country.

Rights activists called for immediate humanitarian aid and protection for refugees and civilians as the militant Islamist group entered the panic-stricken capital Kabul, marking the end of a 20-year Western experiment aimed at rebuilding Afghanistan.

Born in Pakistan in 1997, Yousafzai was shot in the head at the age of 15 by a Taliban gunman on his way home from school in the Swat district. She was targeted for speaking out about the plight of girls in her area, who were banned from going to school by the Taliban.

Thousands of Afghans, fearing the Taliban could re-impose a brutal regime that eroded women’s rights, hurried to leave the country, lined up at cash machines to withdraw their life savings.

The extremely poor – who had left homes in the countryside for the perceived safety of the capital – lived in their thousands in parks and open spaces throughout the city.

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