There is no future for women like me in Afghanistan, says exiled player

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“This was our nightmare, that the Taliban would come and capture all of Afghanistan,” said Fanoos Basir, a former women’s national soccer player.

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.

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