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Joya’s story begins with a piercing cry in the middle of the night in a small London room. It’s her teenage sister, sobbing, unable to sleep alone since the fall of Kabul. The pain of separation from their mother is palpable, and it’s a pain shared by thousands of Afghan families. Afghanistan’s fall was not just the fall of a nation but the separation of its people, a tragedy that continues to unfold.
The return of the Taliban to Afghanistan has brought about distressing changes in the lives of countless Afghan women. Forced into exile, many now find themselves in foreign lands, grappling with cultures and languages vastly different from their own. While being away from their parents is challenging, some, like Joya and her sister, consider themselves fortunate to live in a safe and free country. However, millions of girls and women inside Afghanistan have been deprived of fundamental rights, with young girls forced into marriages and women excluded from public life.
Migration comes at a cost, even though it offers new opportunities. The feeling of loneliness and the distance from family and friends are constant companions. As Joya reflects on her journey, she underscores the difficulties of living away from home and family, a reality many Afghan women face now.