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A devastated girl from Afghanistan has filmed herself in tears amid the invasion of her country by the Taliban.
Human rights activist Masih Alinejad shared the heartbreaking video of the girl and it has already been seen more than 1.5 million times.
In the clip, the youngster slams the world’s treatment of her country, saying: “We don’t count because we were born in Afghanistan.
“I cannot help crying. No one cares about us. We’ll die slowly in history.”
Despite claiming there will be a “peaceful transfer of power”, there are very real fears that the Taliban could impose the backward rules on women seen during their last spell in power from 1996 to 2001.
Afghan women were previously not allowed to work, study or be treated by male doctors unless accompanied by a male chaperone.
Anyone who went against the sexist laws were brutally punished, be it by imprisonment, public flogging or even executions.
Since Masih’s clip has gone viral, thousands of viewers have expressed their horror in the comments section.
“What is happening in Afghanistan is one of the biggest tragedies facing the world right now,” one wrote.
“Why are we not all united in confronting this gross violation of human rights and violence against women and girls?”
Another commented: “It is heartbreaking – to not have the choice and opportunity to live a life the way they want to as women.
“For children's futures to be stolen – for every life lost and ruined in the chaos and lack of opportunities, it is a disgrace.”
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Since the Taliban took control of Kabul last week, hundreds of people have flocked to the city’s airport in a last-ditch attempt to flee the country.
Fears continue to mount that the brutality of their last regime could be seen once again – including public stoning and chopping off hands.
A total of 370 British embassy staff and citizens have flown back to the UK following the invasion.
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