Did the United States make the right decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan last August? It’s January 2022, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Hussain Rezai, a native Afghani who evacuated the country in the aftermath of the Taliban takeover of Kabul in August 2021. In July 2017, his fiancee, Najiba Bahar, was killed in a Taliban suicide bombing in the same city of Kabul. Najiba had returned to Afghanistan after acquiring a Masters Degree in Computer Science abroad. Her hope was to provide young Afghan women and those from deprived communities with inspiration to pursue higher education. Hussain started the Najiba Foundation in her honor. At first just a library, the foundation expanded to also include a solar-powered computer lab and girl’s volleyball team. In October 2021 after their takeover, the Taliban destroyed the library, ransacked the computer lab, and the volleyball players went into hiding for fear of retribution. In this episode we discuss the Najiba Foundation’s interactions with the Taliban, whether accusations of the Afghan people not fighting for themselves are accurate, the future of women’s and human rights under the new Taliban rule, if foreign intervention is preferred, and more. Whether you agree or disagree with today’s guest, I invite you to join with an open mind as we work to heal the division on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Hussain Rezai: https://twitter.com/Husain_rezai
Najiba Foundation: https://twitter.com/Najiba_FDN