An Afghan journalist broke down in tears as she posed a query throughout a State Department briefing on Monday afternoon.
For Nazira Karimi, a reporter at the Ariana Television Network, her query was private.
‘I’m very upset in the present day as a result of Afghan ladies did not that anticipate in a single day that every one the Taliban would come. They took off my flag. This is my flag,’ Karimi mentioned via tears whereas taking off her facemask with the flag of Afghanistan emblazoned on it.
Over the weekend the Afghan authorities collapsed following the US withdrawal of troops.
The Taliban surged again into Kabul with many now fearing the extremist group will impose their strict interpretation of Islam, which was particularly repressive to ladies and ladies.
‘They put up their flag. Everybody is upset. Especially ladies. Where is my president? Former President Ghani?’ Karimi demanded to know.
Nazira Karimi, an Afghan Reporter primarily based at the State Department in Washington D.C. broke down in tears as she posed a query throughout a press briefing on Monday
Karimi instructed how she was feeling as she eliminated an Afghan flag facemask from her mouth
‘People anticipated that he would struggle with the folks however he ran away instantly. We do not know the place he is, and we do not have a president,’ Karimi continued.
‘We have no president, we do not have something. The Afghan folks do not know what to do. Women have numerous achievements in Afghanistan. I’ve numerous achievement. I left from the Taliban 20 years and now we return to step one. President Ghani ought to reply to the Afghan folks.’
Karimi started her profession as a reporter on Afghanistan National TV earlier than changing into a correspondent with BBC Persian, Radio Free Europe.
On Monday, her query was for requested on behalf of the Ariana Television Network, a personal tv community primarily based in Kabul, Afghanistan for whom she has filed reviews for the previous 16 years.
Karimi has reported from Washington D.C. for 16 years working as a reporter on Afghanistan National TV. She posted a number of movies on-line on Monday as she wore her facemask
Other movies on her social media web page see Karimi reporting from the Pentagon press briefing room, left, and on the grounds of the White House, proper
Videos posted on Monday see Karimi standing within the floor of the White House
‘Where is my president? Former President Ghani?’ Karimi demanded to know. She is pictured with the previous president Ashraf Ghani in a photograph posted to Facebook
Karimi’s heartbreaking query was met with sympathy by Pentagon Spokesperson John Kirby.
‘I perceive the anxiousness, concern and ache you should be feeling. It is clear and no one at the Pentagon is blissful concerning the pictures we’re seeing. We are all conscious of the kind of governance the Taliban is able to. Quite a lot of us have hung out in Afghanistan. Everything you might be seeing within the final 72 to 48 hours is private for everyone right here at the Pentagon,’ Kirby started.
‘We too have invested drastically and the progress ladies and ladies have made politically, economically and socially and we actually perceive and really feel the ache you are feeling. We’re centered proper now on ensuring we do one of the best we will for these Afghans who helped us. We are going to do the whole lot we will to honor our obligation to helped make all that progress doable. I’m actually sorry on your ache,’ Kirby mentioned.
After former President Ghani fled, he defined in a Facebook put up he left the nation to forestall clashes with the Taliban and keep away from extra bloodshed.
But his choice has left Afghanistan with out its chief in its hour of want.
After the nation’s safety state of affairs quickly deteriorated, Taliban fighters started roaming the streets.
For these watching the press briefing, there was an enormous outpouring of sympathy on Twitter
For these watching the press briefing, there was an enormous outpouring of sympathy on Twitter.
‘Wow – a feminine Afghan reporter asking a query of @PentagonPresSec at the Pentagon briefing simply now, breaks down in tears over the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and the destiny of girls and ladies throughout the nation,’ wrote Lara Seligman, a reporter for Politico.
‘The ache in her voice completely killed me.’ wrote Bridget Phetasy.
‘She at least referred to as out the fleeing Afghan President for deserting the Afghans,’ mentioned one Twitter person.
‘My coronary heart breaks for the feminine Afghan reporter at the Pentagon. She’s sporting an Afghan flag facemask and mentioned, ‘they took this down, our flag and changed it…the place is our president?’ She is aware of that her nation is gone and her security amongst these in her circle are in jeopardy,’ wrote one other.
‘That was onerous to observe,’ ‘I’m in tears’ and ‘So very unhappy to listen to the heartbreak in her voice,’ wrote different social media customers.
Nazir Karimi is pictured asking a query to President Barack Obama and the previous President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, left
Karimi can usually be seen within the Pentagon press briefing room
Karimi is seen one in all quite a lot of colourful pictures on her social media pages
In an tackle earlier within the day, President Biden mentioned he stands by his choice to drag out American troops and forged blame on the Afghan authorities for failing to defend the nation.
The Taliban’s siege leaves Afghan ladies and ladies in a susceptible place with the potential of shedding hard-won rights to schooling, employment and on a regular basis freedoms.
The Biden administration has confronted sharp criticism over its response to the fast collapse and the U.S.’s chaotic evacuation effort.
President Biden criticized Ghani throughout his tackle to the nation on Monday, stating Ghani was ‘flawed’ in his evaluation of Afghan forces’ capacity to struggle the Taliban.
‘When I hosted the president Ghani and chairman of Abdullah at the White House in June, and once more once I spoke by telephone to Ghani in July, we had very frank conversations. We talked about how Afghanistan ought to put together to struggle their civil wars after the U.S. navy departed, to wash up the corruption in authorities so the federal government may perform for the Afghan folks. We talked extensively concerning the want for Afghan leaders to unite politically. They didn’t do any of that,’ Biden mentioned.
‘I additionally urged them to have interaction in diplomacy, to hunt a political settlement with the Taliban. This recommendation was flatly refused. Mr. Ghani insisted that the Afghan forces would struggle. But clearly he was flawed,’ Biden added.
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