'Jury is out on what the future for Afghanistan can be now' - Helen Clark

The AM Show 17/08/2021

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark joined The AM Show this morning to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan.

She's expecting to see significant restrictions on the freedom of women who achieve their full potential.

"The people who caused the Afghan people - particularly the girls and women - so much misery 20 years ago have just taken the country over again.

"There seems to be quite a disconnect [between] what their negotiators sitting in comfort in Doha say to the international media and what commanders do on the ground," Clark told Magic Talk.

"So we're hearing these stories of young girls abducted for marriage by the fighters and women being beaten because they wore sandals on their feet and exposed their flesh. Women turned away from university and workplace.

"Look - the jury is out on what the future for Afghanistan can be now," she said.

"That is what is now completely at risk. Unless the Taliban is the very exceptional leopard that changes its spots, we expect to see significant restrictions on the freedom of women who achieve their full potential."

Watch the full interview with Helen Clark above.

Magic Talk.