Afghan women forced into marriage in evacuation camps to flee Kabul

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Afghan women forced into marriage: Men eligible for relocation were paid to marry Afghan women or to act as their husbands during the recent relocation from Kabul, a CNN report said.

Afghan women forced into marriage in evacuation camps to flee Kabul

Desiring to flee the country, many Afghan women were forced into marriages inside evacuation camps outside Kabul airport so that they could easily be eligible for evacuation, the US State Department was alerted.

According to a CNN report, the practice was brought to the attention of US diplomats, who also warned the UAE on the issue. Some families paid thousands of dollars to men eligible for relocation, the report said.

Some men approached women only to pretend to be husbands to flee, CNN reported. This has raised concerns about the possibility of human trafficking spreading around the evacuation from Kabul.

The report said that since the matter was brought to the attention of diplomats and the extent of the practice was unknown, U.S. diplomats in the UAE would provide guidance in identifying victims of human trafficking.

Where are these women now?

The evacuation process is now over and the Taliban are about to announce their new government in Afghanistan, with the evacuees largely in transit. Most are in the UAE. After these third countries have processed their trip to the US, they will leave for the United States.

The Taliban came to power two decades later, between 1996 and 2000, as if they had snatched away all rights from women, making it difficult for women under the previous regime. This time, the Taliban promised women’s rights as permitted by Sharia law, but it already banned co-education, travel without male guardians, and so on.

Hundreds of women associated with the arts, including journalists, have fled the country in the past few weeks. Reporters Without Borders currently reports that women journalists are “disappearing” from Kabul and currently less than 100 of Kabul’s 700 female journalists are still working.

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