A heartbreaking video of an Afghan girl has been shared on social media. In it, she shares her distress at the Taliban takeover.
As insurgents take control, thousands of Afgan people have been trying desperately to escape the country, with airports overrun with citizens and roads filled with families hoping to flee the war-torn nation.
In the video posted to Twitter by Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad, a young girl speaks out about her thoughts on the current situation unfolding before her eyes.
"We don't count because we're from Afghanistan. We'll die slowly in history" Tears of a hopeless Afghan girl whose… https://t.co/FpsACc7XpK— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@Masih Alinejad 🏳️)1628866418.0
Looking directly at the camera, with tears in her eyes, she says: "We don't count because we were born in Afghanistan.
"I cannot help crying. I have to wipe my tears to be able to make this video.
"No one cares about us. We'll die slowly in history. Isn't it funny?"
The video has been met with shock and outrage by Twitter users, who have responded in horror that this has been allowed to happen after twenty years of western controlled government fighting the system.
One user said: "I do not understand how after 20 years in Afghanistan, with the progress that has been made, the West & the @UN can just turn their backs on the people, allowing the Taliban to march back in.
"This *will* be seen as a terrible mistake, with consequences for our security, in future."
Another wrote: "It is heartbreaking - to not have the choice and opportunity to live a life the way they want to as women.
"For children's futures to be stolen - for every life lost and ruined in the chaos and lack of opportunities, it is a disgrace."
A third commented: "So painful and distressing! The ordinary Afghan ppl especially the girls and women are suffering a lot. Very bad for humanity and the kind people there."
While another added: "What is happening in Afghanistan is one of the biggest tragedies facing the world right now.
"Why are we not all united in confronting this gross violation of human rights and violence against women and girls?"
This troubling news comes as the Taliban seized control of the Afgan government following the evacuation of the U.S. and British troops and President Ashraf Ghani fleeing the country.
Ghani released a message to his people explaining why he left the country before militants took control of the government and could be seen entering the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
He explained in a Facebook post: "Today I came across a tough choice. I have to either face the armed Taliban who wants to enter the palace or leave the country where I have dedicated my life to protecting and nurturing for the last 20 years.
"If left unchecked, countless patriots would be martyred and the city of Kabul would be devastated, resulting in a major humanitarian catastrophe in the six-million-strong city.
"The Taliban had made it clear that they were ready to carry out a bloody attack on all of Kabul and the people of Kabul Sharif to oust me. In order to prevent a flood of bloodshed, I decided to leave."