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Female Afghan Paralympic competitor pleads for help to reach Tokyo

  • August 18, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 10:33 p.m.
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TOKYO – Zakia Khudadadi, who was poised to become Afghanistan’s first female Paralympic athlete, has released a video pleading for help in reaching the Tokyo Games from the Afghan capital of Kabul after the Taliban captured the city.

 

Khudadadi, a 23-year-old from Herat, who competes in para-taekwondo, said she is now “imprisoned inside the house,” with relatives in Kabul, where the airport has been a scene of utter chaos as Afghans seek to flee the country.

 

The Taliban, which imposed a brutal rule that included severe restrictions on women in the late 1990s, vowed Tuesday through a spokesman to allow women to participate in government.

 

“I cannot even go outside this house with confidence and with security to go out to buy a few things for myself or to train,” Khudadadi said.

 

“I am an Afghan woman, and as a representative of Afghan women, I ask you to help me. My intention is to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Please hold my hand and help me.”

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