In a country tortured by war and longing for heroes, a teenage girl allegedly effectively killed Taliban militants to avenge and kill her parents.
In mid-July, a report about the 15-year-old Qamar Gul came out. She said that she shot down two fighters with her father’s AK-47 weapon. The story almost immediately caused Afghanistan to be hit by decades of war and electrified parts of Afghanistan.
30-year-old Farhad Omer, from Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, said: “When I heard about her bravery, I was proud of her. We have a strong woman like her.” “Afghanistan needs it. A hero like her.”
Ahmad Turkmen, 25, said that Qamar has given Afghan women “great strength” and confidence.
Turkmen, a political science major, said: “Yesterday it was Malalai, today it is Qamar Gul,” she compared her with the female folklore hero Maiwand’s Malalai, who assembled fighters against Britain in the Second Anglo War and spread the country. It is widely known in the Afghan War of 1880.
Turkmenistan is not the only one who evokes the ghost of Malalai.
A housewife in Kabul, Eima Sultani (Eima Sultani), 27 years old, said: “Marama appeared in Kamal Gul.” “Gul’s actions remind the world that Afghan women still have courage. Resist violence.”
However, it is difficult to tell the truth during the conflict, especially in a remote Afghan province such as Gore, which Tarban argues, where the incident is said to have begun and NBC News cannot independently verify its accounts.
Ashley Jackson, a researcher at the Overseas Development Institute, a think tank in London, said: “The security situation in Gore is complex and changeable. The Taliban, various criminal groups and pro-government militias are all fighting for power and control.”
Qamar NBC News said by phone that she shot and killed two Taliban fighters when they broke into her house. At the time, her family fell asleep and killed her parents fatally.
She said: “I was forced to pick up my father’s gun.” “I am proud of killing the Taliban who killed my parents.”
An official in Kabul and the chief of police in the Taiwara district supported Kamal’s story but did not provide evidence of what they said.
Police Chief Habiburahman Malikzade said that there was a confrontation when the Taliban entered the pro-government Gérifi village where Kalmar lived to occupy the area.
At the same time, the “New York Times” reported that the confrontation was alleged to be a family dispute, and one of the assailants killed by Kalmar was her own husband.
The police chief expressed objection to the matter because the police said that the teenager was unmarried, and a man picked up the phone that Kalmar had previously answered and introduced himself as a half-brother.
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At the same time, the Taliban denied reports that the girl killed her man. But it did state that two combatants were injured when they stormed into the relevant militia camp of the provincial government.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said: “The fake Afghan government has been frustrated and they are now resorting to fabricating baseless stories that have nothing to do with reality,” without providing any evidence to support his claims.
Although NBC News cannot independently confirm everything that happened in Jereve Village that night, Kalmar’s story seems to have its own life.
This 15-year-old girl looked stoic, wearing a long brown patterned dress and black headscarf, while holding her father’s gun to circulate on social media. The story was embellished in the spread, and some people praised her for killing 10 Taliban fighters after trying to rape her.
Women have long been marginalized in Afghanistan, but the abuse under the leadership of the Taliban is extreme. The Taliban government was overthrown by the US-backed army in 2001.
Despite the apparent bravery of the teenager, her alleged experience of violence in a remote province provides a window into how the 40-year conflict has disrupted the lives of countless Afghans.
The conflict remains one of the deadliest civilians in the world. According to the United Nations, 1,282 people were killed and 2,176 injured in the first six months of this year.
So far, any hope for peace has failed the Afghan people.
In February, the United States and the Taliban signed a treaty requiring the withdrawal of foreign forces headed by the United States in exchange for the Taliban’s security guarantees. Subsequently, violence increased.
Even the hero does not know what the future of this Afghan boy will be. But she said she was not afraid.
She said: “No matter what happens, I am not afraid of the Taliban.”