“We are afraid but we continue to save lives.” Female doctors in Afghanistan on the front line – Observer

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Since the Taliban came to power again in Afghanistan, women have been excluded from management positions and public life and business have returned to the control of men. But some hospitals in Kabul seem to be the exception: here, women remain on the front lines.

They’re “women working for women,” gynecologist Jagona Weisley explains, in an interview with The Guardian. At the hospital where he works – whose name has been withheld for security reasons – A patient in the hands of 140 womenAmong the doctors, nurses and staff who save lives daily and care for abandoned children.

There are no men in sight which is why I feel free in this hospital.

The 31-year-old doctor, mother of three, has her hands full. He reveals that there were men working in the health unit, but the Taliban expelled them after they came to power. Since then, it has essentially become a maternity hospital, and a safe place for patients, who often tell her stories about the difficulties of marriage.

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The Faydali family is unconventional and evades the rules dictated by society: the husband is the one who stays at home with his daughters while the doctor works shifts in the hospital.

“He’s the strongest man I’ve ever met because he’s fighting against the norms of society.”says the doctor. “We got married for love and I will choose him again,” he guarantees.

Many hospital employees are mothers and sometimes the only source of income for families. They count on the support of organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, which – according to Reuters – has taken over the salaries of thousands of health professionals in Afghanistan due to the paralysis of the country’s banking system.

We are all afraid and many want to leave, but we continue to save lives,” Maryam Maqsoud told The Guardian.

The 29-year-old doctor admits that the work has not been easy and that specialists are feeling the pressure of the Taliban regime. He remembers that many health professionals stayed home, frightened, at the start of the new government, but gradually began to return.

“We are the ones leading this hospital. And we can do it anywhere. We are leaders, including the future leaders of our country. For the doctor, who is a mother of four, there is something undeniable: ‘Even the Taliban know they need us’.

The doctor reveals that the hospital formed an adoption committee in light of the increasing number of abandoned children. There is a record of families wishing to adopt children, but often the staff themselves decide to adopt them.

“Sad thing. The baby’s mother recently died in childbirth and the baby’s father ran away without taking him home. We make sure every baby is taken care of”the account.

The Taliban regained control of Afghanistan in August of last year after the withdrawal of US forces from the country. At first they promised a more lenient government than in their most recent period in power, which ran from 1996 to 2001, a period marked by numerous human rights abuses. Since then, they have imposed a number of restrictions on Afghan girls and women: they were prevented from studying in primary and secondary schools; They were barred from various administrative posts and positions; They are prohibited from traveling alone outside the city or country.

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Two days ago, AFP reported that Afghanistan’s supreme leader had ordered Afghan women to wear the burqa in public. An edict signed by Hebatullah Akhundzada imposed one of the strictest restrictions, forcing women to wear the headscarf – with a burqa from head to toe – because it was considered “traditional and respectable”.

Women in Afghanistan are forced to wear the burqa in public

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