Wednesday, December 8

Afghanistan: the tense new reality on the streets after the return of the Taliban

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A Taliban militiaman on patrol in Kandahar

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A Taliban militiaman guards a street in Kandahar.

Afghans are waking up to a new normal without knowing what is normal.

As the Taliban have taken control of Afghanistan, people begin to occupy the streets again, fearful, with the uncertainty of what can happen under the new regime.

Especially women they live in anxiety. Under sharia, Islamic law, there are harsh consequences for things as simple as being seen in public with your head uncovered.

People feign normalcy on the street, says Nasim Javid (not his real name), an Afghan from Mazar-i-Sharif, one of Afghanistan’s main commercial cities.

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