Disturbing reports have surfaced out of Afghanistan that alleges that the Taliban has beheaded an Afghan volleyball player on the girls’ national team.
“Mahjabin Hakimi, one of the best players in the Kabul Municipality Volleyball Club, was slaughtered in the capital city of Kabul as troops searched for female sports players, her coach told the Persian Independent,” The New York Post reported, adding, “She was killed earlier this month, but her death remained mostly hidden because her family had been threatened not to talk,” said the coach.
Payk Media added, “Mahjabin Hakimi, a member of the Afghan women’s youth national volleyball team was ‘beheaded’ by the Taliban in #Kabul, sources confirmed, adding that except her family, no one knows the exact time of the incident.”
Mahjabin Hakimi, a member of the Afghan women's youth national volleyball team was "beheaded" by the Taliban in #Kabul, sources confirmed, adding that except her family, no one knows the exact time of the incident.
— Payk Media – Revealing the Truth (@PaykMedia) October 19, 2021
The coach told the Persian Independent, “All the players of the volleyball team and the rest of the women athletes are in a bad situation and in despair and fear. Everyone has been forced to flee and live in unknown places.”
Another player who escaped said that she was sure the Taliban had murdered her teammate and thought “maybe we will lose other friends.”
“The Italian volleyball federation today announced that all of its leagues would observe a minute’s silence for [Hakimi] before their games this weekend. The tribute was decided by federation chief Giuseppe Manfredi after a discussion with the Italian Olympic Committee,” The Daily Mail reported on Thursday, adding, “Australia has also evacuated more than 50 female Afghan athletes and their dependents after lobbying by prominent figures from the sporting world while several players from Afghanistan’s national female youth soccer squad were granted asylum in Portugal.”
Words continue to be meaningless in the midst of the Middle East crisis, as women continue to perish every day at the hands of the Taliban.