Afghan immigrant living in Lexington speaks out on Taliban takeover

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Lexington man who emigrated to the United States from Afghanistan in 2007 is speaking out about the Taliban’s takeover of his homeland.

Abdul-Mosawer Amarkhail is a political science student at the University of Kentucky. More than a decade ago, he and his immediate family emigrated from Afghanistan when he was around 11. He is now 24 years old, and is heartbroken over the current issues his home country faces. However, he says it’s not a new issue.

“It’s heartbreaking, you know, it’s heartbreaking, because this isn’t just a new issue. It’s been happening for the last twenty years, and Afghans have been screaming at the top of their lungs for twenty years for help, and the world is just sort of turning a blind eye,” said Amarkhail.

On August 15, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the capital, leaving the Afghan people to defend themselves against Taliban seizure. August 16, President Joe Biden defended his choice to remove the U.S. military presence from Afghanistan, saying it was the Afghan people’s responsibility to decide their fate.

“We gave them every chance to determine their own future. What we could not provide them was the will to fight for that future,” said President Biden.

However, Amarkhail urges the United States do everything it can to get Afghan people to safety.

“We should find any way, especially people that work in the U.S. military, to get out in a safe way as soon as possible,” said Amarkhail.

From 1996-2001, the Taliban put in place strict rules, particularly for women, preventing them from studying in school and enforcing head-to-toe coverings. Amarkhail fears for the future of Afghanistan under Taliban control once more, though the regime has promised more leniency this time.

“I hope, I hope that they stick to those words, but like I said, history often repeats itself. But now, all the world’s eyes are on them,” said Amarkhail.

Moving forward, Amarkhail urges tolerance.

“Especially in the time that we’re going through, whether it be COVID or the events happening all over the world in other countries…take those things into perspective and be a little nicer to those around you,” said Amarkhail.

The Taliban seized control of Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city, on August 15.


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