In the middle of August 2021 Herat and Mazar fell to the Taliban.

Shortly following this, Jalalabad and Kabul fell. These are places where people already struggled to survive, where justice and fairness were fought for with words and courage rather than weapons.

Already, journalistic freedom has been curtailed, the engagement of women in public life expunged, and there are harrowing witness testimonies of minorities tortured and executed. People will not quickly forget what they had achieved, especially the ones left behind.