Former Afghan judge who was targeted by Taliban worries for women activists
Marzia Babakarkhail was granted asylum in the U.K. in 2008 after Taliban fighters tried twice to kill her for her work in the judiciary. Now she fears for women activists who remain in the country as the militants return to power.
MARZIA BABAKARKHAIL: When I was-- when the Taliban became in power, in just one day, I was there and I left Afghanistan because the first time they came in my house-- when they became in power, the next day they came in my house for searching me to find me and shoot me. They came directly in my house, you know. So already I had some enemy there.
And the Taliban came. And the day they came, I was in the back door for five hours. I think this was the worst day of my life, without shoes at a dirty place. You know, I stayed there till they search all my house. They slap my mother in front of everybody. And they put my whole family in dangerous place.
And the Taliban, nine man with gun, a big car is coming, broke our door, is coming inside our house. It's not easy to say. It's easy to say but difficult to deal with. I didn't just becoming to fight for women, believe me. Their strategy is just to how they can finish women activist, how can they stop achievement in Afghanistan, the way they walk, the way they talk.
I don't know how to explain. The place they train, just for killing people. That's all. I saw during their regime in Afghanistan. When they talk, you can see the face, you know. Their face is always very aggressive about women. So people is worried, and I have no hope for not just for women, for new generation in Afghanistan.