Musicians leave Afghanistan

 International Desk |  Tuesday, October 5th, 2021 |  12:38 pm
Musicians leave Afghanistan
       

Hundreds of music students and teachers have fled Afghanistan since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban. The news agency AFP quoted Ahmad Sarmasti, founder and head of the country’s National Institute of Music, as saying.

They feared that Afghanistan’s new rulers could take over the music world. Ahmad Sarmasti said 101 members of their organization landed in Doha, the capital of Qatar, on Monday (October 4th) evening. More than half of them are women. These musicians want to fly to Portugal.

They landed at Doha airport in small groups with the help of the Qatari embassy in Kabul. The first hurdle for the students was the Taliban’s interrogation of the visa process at Kabul airport, AFP reported. But it has been addressed with the help of Qatari embassy officials.

The women artists were then told they could not leave the country. Because they had a temporary emergency passport. Generally such passports are provided to the officers.

But again, with the help of Qatari officials, they overcame obstacles and were able to board the plane. Ahmad Sarmasti, our eyes filled with tears at their departure. I cried incessantly. My family cried too. This was the happiest time of my life.

“I have many happy memories with the students,” he said. They were congratulated on various tours of international concerts. But the joy and feeling of hearing the news that their plane has taken off is not like expressing in words.

They have left the country after a long plan since the Taliban came to power. Ahmad Sarmasti added that discrimination against music and music artists began after Kabul fell to the Taliban. The citizens of Afghanistan became silent again.

Music was completely banned during the Taliban regime from 1996 to 2001. After coming to power this time, the Taliban told music school students and teachers to stay in the country until further notice. But even after two months, no statement came from them.