Kunduz terror

Taliban seize Kunduz, leaving women’s groups desperate for protection from “hit list”

A group of Afghan women walk on the outskirts of Kunduz province, north of Kabul. (SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)

Kunduz, Afghanistan, was seized by the Taliban on Monday, and though Afghan government forces announced early Thursday morning that they’d regained control of the city, staffers and residents of the city’s women’s shelters are still desperately trying to protect and evacuate their women. Najia Nasim, director of Women for Afghan Women (WAW) in Kabul, reported that their organization’s shelter had been looted, and that 15 staff members remained in Kunduz after she lost phone contact with them. The organization’s executive director told Al Jazeera the Taliban are actively attempting to track down WAW staff and families. The women in the shelters are at high risk of being killed, kidnapped, or raped by the Taliban, who also are reported to have a “hit list” of women’s rights activists and others. Despite the government forces’ surge to take back the city, Taliban fighters reportedly maintain pockets of control. WAW is urgently seeking donations to fly their members to safety, though it’s unclear whether the government has yet seized control of the city’s airport.

Read the full story at Al Jazeera.

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