The Australian government has evacuated quite 50 women footballers and athletes and their dependents from Afghanistan following an appeal by world bodies Fifa and Fifpro.
A statement by the international footballers’ federation Fifpro expressed gratitude to Australia.
Following the retaking of Kabul by the Taliban, many Afghan sportswomen went into hiding.
The statement said work was still needed to settle the ladies abroad.
“These young women, both as athletes and activists, are during a position of danger and on behalf of their peers around the world, we thank the international community for coming to their aid,” Fifpro said of an evacuation that was for quite 50 people consistent with news sources including ABC.
“We urge the international community to form sure that they receive all the assistance they have. There also are many athletes still in danger in Afghanistan and each effort should be made to supply them support.”
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Afghanistan’s former football captain Khalida Popal described the evacuation of the group, including members of the Afghanistan national women’s eleven and their youth team, as “an important victory”.
However, she cautioned that more work was still needed in saving others from an uncertain fate.
“The women footballers are brave and powerful during a moment of crisis and that we hope they’re going to have a far better life outside Afghanistan,” said Popal, 34. “Women’s football maybe a family and that we must confirm most are safe.”
Fifa pro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann said evacuating the ladies was “an incredibly complex process for everybody involved”, adding: “Our hearts leave to all or any the others who remain stranded within the country against their will.”
Last week, football’s world administration Fifa joined Fifpro in writing to governments around the world requesting assistance, as players feared for his or her lives.
“I haven’t been ready to sleep, I even have been crying and feeling helpless,” Popal said.
When the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan within the late-1990s, girls were prevented from attending school after the age of 10 and lots of forced into child marriage.
Under the oppressive rule, which led to 2001 after a campaign spearheaded by US soldiers, women couldn’t leave home alone and were forced to wear the burqa.