Sharia law was interpreted to ban a wide variety of activities hitherto lawful in Afghanistan: employment, education and sports for women, movies, television, videos, music, dancing, hanging pictures in homes, clapping during sports events, kite flying and beard trimming (Garg 14).
Without employment, education, and any form of entertainment, life in Afghanistan became miserable and dull. To further clarify this issue, the lack of employment resulted in a lack of money to sustain oneself and made it impossible to become a meaningful and contributive citizen to the country. The lack of education increased poverty and further worsened the problem: the population was never going to escape from the oppressive power. In most cases, entertainment can be an escape of reality. However, the ban on all forms of entertainment made it impossible to even temporarily free oneself from the struggle of one’s everyday life. Moreover, important artifacts that represented Afghanistan were destroyed. Afghanistan sank even further in a hole, losing more and more of its cultural worth with each passing days: “Hundreds of cultural artifacts that were deemed polytheistic were also destroyed including major museum and countless private art collections.” (Garg 17). Often, museums and the countless artifacts and work of arts held inside are the legacy in a country. They are historical objects that can be referred back to a distant point in history, vaguely depicting how the country was like at the tim...
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It was until not long that Afghanistan would be devoid of Hazaras under the Taliban’s regime. Despite the sheer displeasure expressed by the population as a result of the discrimination exuded by the Taliban, the civilians did not stand for their cause. The civilians dreaded the punishments carried by the Taliban, as it often resulted in a form of physical impairment or, in the worse case, death: “Theft was punished by the amputation of a hand, rape and murder by public execution. Married adulterers were stoned to death.” (Garg 16). Punishments given to citizens for having sinned were terrible, and there was no telling what the Taliban would do in face of opposition. In other words, Afghanistan was a country filled with direct and indirect victims of terrorism, and thus, the psychological distress was extremely elevated, often resulting in mental impairments.
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