A group of Afghan Americans gathered together outside the White House over the weekend to protest in support of Afghan civilians after terrorists from the Taliban took over the country’s government.
One of the women who showed up to protest, weeping, said, “My family is there. All my people is there. They’re killing all my people.”
Many Afghan civilians crowded the Afghanistan international airport in Kabul in an apparent attempt to flee the country, some so desperate to escape that they held onto an American jet as it took off and plunged to death in an incident that killed at least seven people.
Another woman at the protest told Fox News, “I have immediate family that’s living in Afghanistan right now. They shut down the airport nobody can fly out – they’re stuck there.”
President Joe Biden defended his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the country despite the Taliban’s swift takeover, saying the U.S. mission was “never supposed to be about nation-building.”
Biden did go on to say that the rapid advance of the Taliban, “did unfold more quickly than we anticipated.”
“We’re all incredibly disappointed in President Biden and the administration for pulling out all the troops from Afghanistan literally overnight,” one woman went on to say to Fox News.
“That was not the only way out,” another protester proclaimed.
“It’s all gone back. I feel like it was for nothing,” another woman despaired.
Another male protester said, “It’s back to where it was in 1994.”
A female protester made it clear that she fears for the future by saying, “You’re giving back the power to the people. The same type of people. Savages.”
“This is not just bad for Afghanistan. This is bad for the world. It’s bad for the neighboring countries. It’s bad for America,” the woman continued.
Some protesters voiced concern for the women and girls in Afghanistan as the Taliban takeover puts their rights and lives at stake – when the group last held power, women were denied education and employment opportunities.
“Our girls. The girls who are under 20 don’t know what life is like under Taliban. Their lives are all destroyed. They’re all destroyed,” two women who have family located in Afghanistan said.