Amazing images from the 1960s and 1970s reveal a more liberal and westernized Afghanistan.
AMAZING pictures from the 1960s and early 1970s depict a more liberal and westernized Afghanistan.
After Taliban troops seized control of Kabul on Sunday, Britons and Afghan refugees are starting to arrive in the United Kingdom. Passengers arrived in the early hours of Wednesday morning at RAF Brize Norton. Boris Johnson emphasized that the United Kingdom had “a debt of appreciation” to “all those who have worked with us to make Afghanistan a better place over the last 20 years.”
“Many of them, particularly women, are now in desperate need of our assistance,” he added.
After rebels destroyed the Afghan government, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid made his first public appearance in 20 years yesterday.
He emphasized how, under Sharia Law, Afghanistan’s future will be guided by the country’s “national ethics” and “national tradition.”
“Islam is crucial in Afghanistan, and anything that is anti-Islam will not be tolerated!” he warned.
“Under the canopy of Islam, everyone will have rights.”
There are fears that under Taliban authority, women’s freedoms may be taken away.
Women were obliged to wear the all-covering burka and were not allowed to work during the Taliban’s brief administration of Afghanistan from 1996 and 2001.
Girls were allowed to attend school, but they had to leave when they reached the age of twelve.
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, a Labour MP for Tooting, tweeted yesterday: “World leaders washing their hands of Afghanistan is shameful.”
“There are women and girls who have lived lifestyles incompatible with Taliban principles for the past two decades; turning our backs on them now would be a disaster.”
Television, music, and movie theaters were also prohibited.
Following the insurgents’ takeover, public music in retail malls had already been turned off, according to the BBC.
Amazing photographs of life in Afghanistan in the 1960s have emerged, depicting a society that appears to be more liberal and westernized.
While the country had been torn apart for centuries by internal warfare and foreign meddling, it took timid moves toward modernisation in the 1950s and 1960s.
In Kabul, there was a brief period of relative tranquility when contemporary buildings coexisted with older, traditional mud constructions.
For a period, burkas were made optional, and women were able to attend university and work.
Female Afghan medical students and their female lecturer examine a plaster model of a human body in a photograph taken in 1962.
Two other images, both from the same era, depict young girls learning in school.
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