‘We can’t go back’ say women activists on Taliban Kunduz ‘hit list’

Marzia Rustami was hiding at a friend’s house when she heard that Taliban militants, now in control of her home city of Kunduz, were searching for her.

Within hours of capturing the city in northern Afghanistan, the Taliban recruited young children, asking them to point out the houses of government employees, NGO workers and especially women’s rights activists.

“The Taliban had a hit list of female activists,” said Ms Rustami, head of the Kunduz Women and Youth for Peace NGO, a women’s rights organisation, which included her name alongside “almost every active working woman in Kunduz.”