United Nations: More than 2 Million Women in Afghanistan Need Psychological Support.
According to Roidadha News The Afghan news news agency, the United Nations management said: on Twitter yesterday that these Afghan women and girls need help for their immunity and physical and mental health. Some reports show that the incidence of mental illnesses among women in Afghanistan has increased in recent months due to the 20-year occupation by the American military. According to the report of the United Nations Population Fund in Afghanistan: 2 million and 200 thousand vulnerable Afghan women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 need psychological support. At the same time, after coming to power in Afghanistan, the Taliban promised to be more flexible regarding human rights and women’s rights. But most of the people of Afghanistan and the international community believe that they gradually limited the rights of Afghans, especially women, and prevented them from returning to schools and did not allow women to be employed in many government jobs. Shahla, a 33-year-old resident of Kote Sangi, Kabul, says: “The fact that I have been dismissed and our duty is not known at the moment, and the fact that our future is not known has had a negative impact on my mind and body, and my mental state is deteriorating day by day. All women are unemployed in their homes. “My morale became bad, I lost my job and I’m worried about my future.” More than a year has passed since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, and during this time, the Taliban did not allow most of the women to study and work, and the consequence of this work of the Taliban is that a number of women are suffering from mental illnesses. 22-year-old Fouzia was a midwife until the collapse of the republican government. Now he is staying at home. “I was working by myself at the time,” he says. My husband also worked. He was an agent in one of the private schools. We had a good life. But with the collapse of the system, we lost our jobs and got into debt from the household expenses, and we started a partnership. Now, because of this, we are facing all kinds of harassment, so we visited a psychiatrist twice. But I did not get the slightest positive result.
17-year-old Maryam Momand talks about her happy days before the fall of the former Afghan government to the hands of the Taliban. She wanted me to go to medicine faculty after finishing school so that I could work tirelessly for the sick women of this country. But these days, she has turned into a nightmare, she is staying at home, and there is no more news about her schooling and attendance at school in the community.
Staying at home for a year caused her to suffer from mental illnesses, especially depression, to the point that she sometimes thought of suicide to escape from her suffering. Fowzia says: “When I think that I don’t have freedom, education and rights, and I lost all my achievements, it’s really hard for me. It makes me lose my mental state and consider myself an empty person, I feel like I am in captivity I am and I am waiting for my death. Fowzia Most of the current situation of women under the Taliban flag is described as sentenced to life in prison. A worthy Afghan, an employee of one of the government offices and a resident of Kabul, also suffers from this situation. A meritorious employee of government offices and a resident of Shar -i- Naw of Kabul is also suffering from the situation. Like thousands of other women, she has lost her job and unemployment has brought her mental depression. She says: “They were fired more than their duties and their duties are not known for the time being and because their future is not known, it has had a negative effect on their thoughts and organs and ruined their mental state. Now all the women are unemployed in their bars, my mood is very bad. “I lost my job and I’m worried about my future.” More than a year has passed since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, and during this time, the Taliban did not allow most of the women to study and work, and the consequence of this work of the Taliban is that a number of women are suffering from mental illnesses. Although there are no accurate statistics of people suffering from mental illnesses in Afghanistan with the Taliban’s dominance, the overcrowding in the examinations of psychiatrists has increased. Zarmina Walizada is the pseudonym name of a psychiatrist and she has a home examination in a corner of Kabul city. Zarmina believes that the main reason for the spread of mental illness among women is staying at home, unemployment and poverty. Zermina says: “Depression occurs due to poverty, unemployment, economic problems, unemployment, which mostly affects women. In depression, a person sleeps less, loses his appetite, withdraws from society, becomes aggressive, loses weight, and loses communication skills. Their social life deteriorates, they stay away from gatherings, suicidal thoughts appear, which is very dangerous. With the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 by the global coalition led by the United States of America, a new page was opened for the growth of women in Afghanistan. Dr. Kamal Jalal, a mental health doctor in Kabul, says that in addition to women suffering from mental illnesses, family violence against women has also increased during the Taliban rule. Dr. Kamal adds: “Most of our patients these days are women, women’s rights activists, civil servants, journalists, and those who had social activities in the previous government and now lost their jobs. These days, our patients are really many. A part of our patients is due to poverty and unemployment, which has increased family violence against women and children recently.” Psychologists suggest changing the living environment, recreation and travel for those suffering from mental illness, but in the current conditions of Afghanistan and the bad economic situation, many women are not able to implement these suggestions.
Zakia Amin pseudonym name, one of the psychologists, says that “since the Taliban came to power, the number of our patients suffering from mental disorders has increased: “In the past, I had approximately 10 mental patients per month; but in recent months, when I checked, every About 30 clients come to me every month. Bilal Karimi, the deputy spokesperson of Taliban group, calls the dismissal of women from work far from the facts and the propaganda of foreign institutions and says that “now there are those who are present in many women who need women, women work.” He adds: “It is not strictly a statistic, but what is clear and important is that women and sisters are busy with their work in different departments. they do. They are still in the ranks of the police in the Ministry of Interior. Still in the passport office, they are busy with their work at the airport and in other areas where they are needed. We do not have a serious challenge in this direction.” Meanwhile, according to the statistics of assistant organizations, 98 percent of Afghan people are below the poverty line; A monster that adds to the misery of women in the country every day. Although there are no accurate statistics of people suffering from mental illnesses in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule, the overcrowding in the examinations of psychiatrists has increased.
Nevertheless, psychologists warn that the continuation of restrictions on women’s education and activities will increase the number of patients with mental illnesses to the highest level, and some of these patients will even turn to the suicide scenario.
Reporter: Meena Habib