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The whirling dancer fled from Taliban Group regime

The only female whirling dancer in Afghanistan was to kick off her biggest tour around the country. Then the Taliban took over.

The Taliban sees Sufi whirling dervishes as against Islamic law. Fahima Mirzaei had no choice but to run.

This is the story of her escape.

This is part of the documentary Farewell My Afghanistan by Kawoon Khamoosh, which will be broadcast on 18 September on BBC World News.

Camera: Marek Polaszewski and Kawoon Khamoosh

Additional filming: Hamidullah Karimi and Fatima Hasani

Reporter, producer, and director: Kawoon Khamoosh

Humira Saqib

Humira Saqib (born 1980) is an Afghan journalist and women's human rights activist. She is one of the leading activists who through her writings in the magazine Negah-e-Zan (A Vision of Women) and in Afghan Women's News Agency, has been protesting against extreme forms of harassment against women in her radically Islamic country. She pleads that the parliament should enact laws for "Elimination of Violence against Women and enforce it vigorously.... Education, is also a key to changing mentalities around women's roles in society."[1][2][3] She is now pursuing her efforts to further women's rights by working for the women's news agency as a writer and editor.[

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