As a former player of the women’s soccer team of the Afghanistan, Fanoos Basir sees no future under the government of Taliban. She fled, and today is in a refugee reception center in France lamenting the life she left behind.
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“We had a lot of dreams for our country, for our future, for the future of women in Afghanistan,” she said in front of the reception center, which she arrived after being evacuated from Kabul on a flight organized by France.
“This was our nightmare, that the Taliban would come and capture all of Afghanistan,” she said. “There is no future for women…for now.”
The last time the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, women were banned from playing sports or working outside the home and had to cover themselves from head to toe in public.
The Islamic movement was expelled in the 2001 US-led invasion, but 20 years later it regained power, leading to the withdrawal of tens of thousands of vulnerable Afghans. The last flight left on Monday.
In 2010, Basir he joined a junior team that trained in a dilapidated stadium and began participating in tournaments abroad.
A former team captain advised players still in Afghanistan to burn their gear and wipe their social media accounts to avoid Taliban reprisals.
Basir he said that when he spoke to representatives of the militant Islamic group, they replied: “You are a woman, we do not want to talk to you.”