Today, at this very time, if you were to say something like “Afghan lives matter,” neither will it be untrue nor will it be overstating, in any way, the chaos that’s currently ensuing in Afghanistan. The women are suffering. There are endless worries for the little children. There’s no political certainty. It’s not clear what humanitarian aid is flowing in a country currently under rule of dreaded terrorists. And to say that there’s freedom of speech in a country, which isn’t free at all would be like saying one feels safe under a terrorist regime.
With more and more of the world’s countries coming in support of the average Afghan life that fears not just for the future, but also for the present, it’s hardly a surprise to note that the world is condemning Taliban’s rule over a feared people.
Individuals in the great city of Paris, a city of love and romance, have come together in raising a voice of concern for the tens of thousands fearing for their lives in Afghanistan.
So how was that?
There was a recent protest in the city of Paris where several individuals from the daily walks of life came together to raise chorus toward the troubled Afghans.
Not just that, they even urged the current French President Emmanuel Macron to open corridors for humanitarian aid for the troubled Taliban-held nation.
But the trouble, one would think, with much of the world toward providing aid toward present-day Afghanistan is that one is just not sure whether any humanitarian aid forwarded toward the country will actually reach those in dire need of it. Fears are rife as to the Taliban getting access to this essential supply.
It’s a bit of an uncanny situation where one wishes to come forward in support of a country yet one cannot do enough to support an embattled and embittered nation.
Around 300 demonstrators, mostly Afghans, protested at Place de la Republique in Paris. They were seen carrying placards and banners reading ‘Evacuation now”, “Save our family” and “Afghan lives matter”.
Reza Jafari, head of the association Children of Afghanistan and Elsewhere and organiser of Sunday’s event, told the protesters: “A humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding. We must prevent it now, open humanitarian corridors so that people who want to leave can leave.”
Organisers also demanded a meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian. Several countries in Afghanistan are evacuating their citizens from Afghanistan as the country plunged into crisis.
Recently, the minister had said that all requests made by Afghan citizens who had previously worked as allies for France would be considered for evacuation.
Jean-Yves Le Drian told the weekly newspaper Journal de Dimanche that “hundreds of names” had been added to the list of those wishing to flee Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban takeover last week, and that “all requests would be considered in due course.”
The above said, it ought to be said, that strange are situations where a country doesn’t know what might happen in the course of the future.