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Then, on August 24, 2016, Taliban gunmen stalked the campus killing anybody who moved. One of them shot Musazai in the leg. She pretended to be useless and the gunman shot her once more to complete her off. A bullet struck her in the foot. For the subsequent six hours, because the terrorists rampaged on the campus Musazai lay immobile in a hallway.
Five years after their assault on the American University of Afghanistan, the Taliban took over the entire nation.
Much of the world might have assumed that the evacuation of at-risk Afghans following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in mid-August is over. But for a lot of Afghans the story is ongoing. Of the 4,000 college students, alumni and employees of the American University of Afghanistan, solely round 600 are actually estimated to have departed Afghanistan, the college’s President, Ian Bickford, advised me.
On August 15, because the militants rolled into Kabul, a member of the family advised Musazai “The Taliban are here.” Musazai was in shock.
Someone from the American University of Afghanistan texted Musazai and advised her that she and her brother might get on a flight in another country. On August 17, Musazai went to Kabul airport the place many hundreds of determined Afghans have been jammed up towards the partitions and gates of the airport making an attempt to get out.
The Taliban have been firing weapons in the air to attempt to management the crowds. Musazai was frightened; she had discovered the sound of gunfire particularly terrifying ever because the assault on the college.
Musazai’s brother helped her together with her luggage and wheelchair and so they obtained on a flight that took them to Doha, the capital of Qatar. There they settled in a gated group of homes that the Qatari authorities had constructed to deal with gamers taking part in in the soccer World Cup, which is able to happen subsequent 12 months in Qatar.
The lucky few
Also staying on the housing advanced have been seven Afghan feminine enterprise college students from the American University of Afghanistan. Unlike Musazai, their names haven’t been made public, so we’re not figuring out them.
The college students needed to make snap selections to depart their households behind and make the tough selection to depart Afghanistan rapidly.
Their households urged them to proceed their research even when it meant leaving their nation endlessly.
The college students advised me that they have been unable to get via the bedlam on the airport gate by themselves. The college advised them to contact Qatari diplomats positioned in the upscale Serena Hotel in Kabul who would assist them navigate their strategy to the airport.
The college students gathered on the lodge, and have been escorted to the airport by Qatari authorities officers, who preserve cordial relations with the Taliban.
On August 19 they arrived in Doha the place they joined an exodus of their fellow college students. As of this month, round 450 present college students have left Afghanistan, whereas 375 stay there, says Bickford, the American University of Afghanistan’s president.
The college students who made it out of Afghanistan are actually dispersed all over the world the place they proceed to be taught in online courses. One hundred and 9 of the scholars attend the American University of Iraq in Sulimaniya, whereas 106 are on the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and others are in international locations equivalent to Pakistan and Turkey.
Only 50 of the American University of Afghanistan’s college students have made it to the United States the place they’re housed in navy bases whereas they’re getting settled.
The seven feminine enterprise college students who made it to Doha are actually residing on the navy base at Fort Dix, New Jersey. From there they’ll go on to attend Bard, a small, extremely regarded liberal arts school in upstate New York.
Musazai stays in Doha. The accidents attributable to the Taliban have sophisticated her capacity to journey. Much of her fast household did get to the United States and they’re now residing at a navy base in the Midwest.
Musazai hopes to proceed her research in the United States in a grasp’s program on human rights legislation. It’s a profession path that will not going be accessible to her in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.