(ReliableNews.org) – In mid-August, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid gave the group’s first press conference after seizing control of Afghanistan during President Biden’s botched withdrawal. He assured reporters officials would respect women’s rights. However, by October, news media coverage of the extremist group’s oppression became routine. Media personality and socialite Kim Kardashian recently decided to take action to protect a group of Afghan women.
On Thursday, November 18, a grateful group of about 130 Afghans, including more than 30 teenage members of the nation’s women’s youth development soccer team, safely arrived in the United Kingdom (UK), thanks to the assistance of Kardashian and a New York Rabbi.
— David Beard (@dabeard) November 19, 2021
Members of the soccer team and their families fled to Pakistan, anticipating a challenging time for female athletes in post-Taliban Afghanistan. They remained stranded there but managed to get entry visas to the UK. However, officials told them it would take weeks to arrange a flight to transport them safely to British shores.
Meanwhile, concerns arose regarding the upcoming expiration of the group’s temporary visas. That’s when New York Rabbi Moshe Margaretten decided to try to help, at the urging of Khalida Popal, a former captain of Afghanistan’s national women’s team.
Rabbi Margaretten reached out to Kardashian, and she agreed to cover the costs for a charter flight to retrieve the Afghan soccer players and their families. Margaretten and Kardashian had worked together on projects involving criminal justice issues in the past.
Officials and players from the English Premier League soccer club ‘Leeds United’ offered to help the players and family members.
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