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“I Was Not Afraid of Death, I Was Afraid of Being Raped”: Confession of The Singer From Kabul, The Taliban Targeted Her

Ariana is a famous singer and host of the Afghan music show “The Voice”, and she used her popularity to inspire other women to follow their dreams and passion for music, as well as to fight for human rights, so she won numerous death threats.

“I was not afraid of death. I was afraid I would be caught, dragged and ridiculed on TV, and then raped in front of millions of people and thrown away like a piece of meat,” said Ariana Sayed, 36, an Afghan pop – a star who was among the “lucky ones” who managed to escape from Afghanistan after the radical Taliban took power. Ariana is a famous singer and host of the Afghan music show “The Voice”, and she used her popularity to inspire other women to follow their dreams and passion for music, as well as to fight for human rights, so she won numerous death threats.

“I was on the verge of death so many times. The secret service warned me that a car bomb was being sent to Kabul to kill me, and then they paid a woman to kill me while filming a national television show. She was just 10 meters away from me. “And when she was questioned in prison, she said she would do it again if she were free. The saddest thing is that women want to make trouble for women,” said Ariana, one of the few women who managed to board a plane with her fiancé. what it was like to get on a plane in the capital of Afghanistan.

“The first day we arrived at the airport we could not get on the plane. It was chaotic. The Taliban stood a few meters away from us, holding their hands behind their backs and looking at the people. One of them came in front of me at that moment, even though I was completely covered. “I had the feeling that this was my end, that they recognized me,” said the singer.

The next day, Ariana and her fiancé, manager Hasib Sayed, arrived at the airport in a separate car with children and women.

“There were several checkpoints on the way to the plane, and at one of the last ones they did not stop. Since it was night, they turned on the lights and checked who was in the cars. I was shaking, it was very dramatic. I was sitting in the corner, praying to “They did not ask for our documents, and when they saw the children, they did not let us pass. The entrance column to the plane was several kilometers long, many people came hoping to let them go without a passport, people fainted,” the singer said. she was holding a crying child in her arms.

“It was very late and the plane was almost full. As I was next in line to board the plane, an American soldier asked me if the child was mine. I was in a dilemma. What if I said the child was mine. Will they let her go? “I told the truth, and the soldier returned the child to the mother and closed the entrance. That sight completely shattered me,” added Ariana, who was the last person to board the plane that night, and this is not the first time she has run away from her home.

A bomb in front of the house

In the early 2000s, the singer and her family fled to the UK after a bomb exploded in front of the family home.

“I was born in Kabul, but I had to leave Afghanistan with my family when I was 8 years old, after a bomb fell in the yard of our family house. First we went to Pakistan, then to Switzerland, but they refused to accept us, so we went to Great Britain, where we did not “They accepted and I will be forever grateful for everything they have given us,” said Ariana, who wrote an open letter to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging him not to forget Afghanistan.

The singer is currently in Washington with her husband, and before going to Turkey, where she bought a house a few years ago, Ariana will visit the family in London.

“We bought a house in Istanbul to be close to home. Turkey was a great option for work and leisure, but most of the time we spent in Kabul,” she said.

Just a month ago, Ariana started her own fashion brand and opened a store in Kabul, but she had to leave that dream behind.

“The faces of the people trapped behind the metal bars at Kabul airport will forever be etched in my memory. Although I managed to escape, I will never forget my homeland and my people. Through music and work I will continue to inspire women and my “I’m not sure what the fate of those who remain in Afghanistan is, but I want to urge them to stay strong and never give up.”

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