1. Life for Afghanistan's Religious Minorities Under Extremists
The Mujahideen years of the early 90s were the worst for Afghanistan’s religious minorities, Al Jazeera reports. The Mujahideen persecuted them for the “slightest expression of their faith”, with kidnappings and killings, said the late Rawail Singh to Al Jazeera in 2017.
From 1996-2001, the Taliban took control of an Afghanistan rent by the proxy war between America and the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Under Taliban rule, religious minorities were made to identify themselves with orange or yellow armbands, reminiscent of how Jews in Nazi Germany had to wear yellow stars on their clothes.
Bashir Ahmad Gwakh, an Afghan journalist working with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Pashto service Radio Mashaal, tells The Quint:
Onerous though it may have been, Rawail Singh had told Al Jazeera that unlike the Mujahideen, apart from the dress code, the Taliban had left them alone.