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17th Aug 2021

Taliban order CNN reporter to get out of their way because she’s a woman

Charlie Herbert

CNN reporter told to get out the way

She also said that militants were chanting ‘death to America’ but ‘seem friendly.’

CNN reporter Clarissa Ward says she was told by Taliban fighters guarding the presidential palace in Kabul to get out of the way because she was a woman.

Ward was reporting from the streets of Kabul following the Taliban’s takeover of the capital. Dressed all in black and wearing a hijab, she said that militants were maintaining law and order.

They were reportedly chanting “death to America” but “seemed friendly at the same time.”

But soon after, the reporter said her presence was creating tension.

“They just told me to stand to the side because I’m a woman,” she said

She added that the sudden collapse of the Afghan government and chaotic scenes in Kabul had resulted in women choosing to stay off the streets.

Ward said: “I have seen a few women, but I will say I have seen far fewer women than I would ordinarily see walking down the streets of Kabul.”

The reporter went on to say that many women feared for their lives after the events of recent days, and that female journalists, in particular, were “absolutely petrified” about the backlash they may suffer for their reporting.

“There are so many of them across the country, and they’ve been doing bold and incredible reporting for many years, and now there’s a very real fear that they might face retaliation for that or that certainly they won’t be able to do their work anymore,” she said.

According to the Independent, UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has called on the Taliban to “respect and protect international humanitarian law,” after receiving “chilling reports” of human rights abuse from the country.

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He said: “I am particularly concerned by accounts of mounting human rights violations against the women and girls of Afghanistan who fear a return to the darkest days. It is essential that the hard-won rights of Afghan women and girls are protected”.