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Afghan Girls Return To School In Herat After Taliban Takeover

Schoolgirls appear chic in Herat on August 17, 2021

Girls cutting white hijabs and atramentous tunics awash into classrooms in the western Afghan burghal of Herat aloof canicule afterwards the Taliban's takeover.

As the academy opened its doors, the acceptance scurried bottomward corridors and chatted in courtyards, acutely absent to the agitation that has engulfed the country in the accomplished two weeks.

The scenes -- which abounding feared would be banned beneath the Taliban -- were filmed by an AFP cameraman this week, aloof canicule afterwards Taliban terrorists took the burghal afterward the collapse of government armament and bounded militia.

"We appetite to advance like added countries," said apprentice Roqia.

"And we achievement the Taliban will advance security. We don't appetite war, we appetite accord in our country."

With its abutting adjacency to the Iranian border, the age-old Silk Road burghal of Herat has continued been a catholic barring to added bourgeois centres.

Women and girls absolved added advisedly in the streets, accessory schools and colleges in huge numbers in a burghal acclaimed for its balladry and arts.

Under the hardline adaptation of sharia law that the Taliban imposed aback they controlled Afghanistan in the 1990s, women and girls were mostly denied apprenticeship and employment.

Full face coverings became binding in public, and women could not leave home after a macho companion.

Public floggings and executions, including stoning for adultery, were agitated out in burghal squares and stadiums.

What lies advanced for women with the Taliban aback in ability charcoal unclear.

Publicly, the Taliban are attempting to advance the anecdotal that they accept watered bottomward some of their added acute positions, with their agent backward Tuesday announcement an official absolution for "everyone" complex in the war.

During the group's aboriginal official columnist appointment in Kabul back retaking power, Taliban agent Zabihullah Mujahid said the bygone insurgents were "committed to absolution women assignment in accordance with the attempt of Islam".

Asked what the aberration was amid the movement ousted 20 years ago and the Taliban of today, he said: "If the catechism is based on ideology, and beliefs, there is no difference... but if we account it based on experience, maturity, and insight, no agnosticism there are abounding differences.

"The accomplish today will be absolutely altered from the accomplished steps," he added.

Still, bodies accept been entering accessible activity cautiously, with women abundantly absent from the streets of Kabul and men trading their Western clothes for added acceptable Afghan garb.

There charcoal massive affair globally about the Taliban's barbarous animal rights almanac -- and tens of bags of Afghans are still aggravating to abscond the country as the accumulation settles into power.

After aloof canicule at the helm, it charcoal cryptic if there is any official apprenticeship action or whether talks with schools accept been captivated by the Taliban.

However, during an account with Britain's Sky News this week, addition Taliban agent Suhail Shaheen offered assurances on the topic.

Women "can get apprenticeship from primary to college apprenticeship -- that agency university", he said.

Thousands of schools in areas captured by the Taliban were still operational, he added.

In Herat, academy arch Basira Basiratkha bidding alert optimism, adage she was "grateful to God" that they accept been able to reopen.

"Our baby acceptance are accessory their classes in ample numbers while adhering to the Islamic hijab," she said.

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