‘They will kill you’: a future leader of Afghanistan on the price he paid for freedom

Source: Guardian

Mohammad Zaman Khadimi was forced to make an impossible choice as he fled the Taliban for sanctuary in Australia

On an August morning, Mohammad Zaman Khadimi walked out of class and into a world entirely changed.

“I heard the news that the Taliban were coming,” he says. “They had captured Herat and Lashkar Gah and they would come to Kabul. Nothing would stop them. Everything changed. I knew I would be vulnerable.”

Within 48 hours, the Islamist group would seize control of Kabul and sit in the presidential palace. The Taliban would be the government.

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