Former Afghanistan footballer and chief of the women’s national group. Khalida Popal uncovered she has been getting calls to help. From the women’s national group footballers back in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover.
In frantic phone calls and voice messages. Khalida Popal can hear the trouble and sorrowful pleas for offer assistance. The football players within the Afghanistan women’s national group. Also, Popal made a difference establish presently fear. For their lives after the Taliban swept to recapture control of the nation after two decades.
Khalida Popal can do is exhort them to escape their homes. Also, elude from neighbors who know them as spearheading players. And attempting to eradicate their history especially activism. Against the Taliban who are presently re-establishing the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
I have been encouraging to require down social media channels. Also, to take down photographs, escape, and hide. Popal told The Related Press in a phone meeting from Denmark.
Khalida Popal a 34-year-old woman was scarcely comprehending. The speed of the collapse of the Afghan government. Also, the sense of being abandoned by Western countries. They helped to topple the Taliban in 2001.
Having fled with her family. After the Taliban captured Kabul in 1996. Popal returned to Afghanistan two decades back as a teenager. They had been living in a refugee camp in Pakistan. With the security of the international community. Then Popal felt hopeful that women’s rights would be advanced.
“My generation had the hope of building the country, developing the situation for the next generation of women and men in the country”, Popal said.
“So I started with other young women using football as a tool to empower women and girls”, Popal also said.
By 2007, there were sufficient players for Popal. And to be a portion of Afghanistan’s first women’s national group.
“We felt so proud of wearing the jersey,” Popal said.
It was the foremost wonderful, best feeling ever. Popal empowered her colleagues to utilize their stages. Also, to talk out as raising assaults were seeing the Taliban retake the territory.
“I received so many death threats and challenges because I was quoted on the national TV,” she said. “I was calling Taliban our enemy.”
Afghanistan Football Federation
Popal stopped playing in 2011 to center on planning the group. Also, as a chief at the Afghanistan Football Federation. But the dangers proceeded and she was inevitably forced. To escape Afghanistan to seek refuge in Denmark in 2016.
“My life was in great danger,” she said.
But she never abandoned the female footballers. It is making a difference to uncover physical and sexual abuse. Also, passing dangers, and rape that involved the Afghanistan federation leadership.
The corruption within the sport was reflective of the shaky establishments. Also, a nation that has weakened quickly after the withdrawal of troops from the US-led mission.
“The women of Afghanistan believed in their promise but they left because there’s no more national interest. Why did you promise?” Popal asked.
“This is what my girls crying and sending voice messages are saying. Why not say you would leave like this? At least we could protect ourselves.” Popal said.
It’s difficult to indeed imagine Afghanistan. Also, positioned 152nd by FIFA out of 167 women’s groups, playing again.