An “Afghan idol” in Taliban land

An Afghan woman who sang her way to the top three of Afghanistan’s version of American Idol has been voted out. Lima Sahar was the first Afghan woman to make it to the top three of the country’s popular “Afghan Star” television show, which is now in its third year. Conservative critics had taken aim at the 20-year-old woman for singing in public in the conservative Muslim country.

Let’s hope that after the “Afghan idol” the woman made her way out of Afghanistan as well. Sahar, who comes from Afghanistan’s most conservative tribe — the Pashtuns, thanked everyone who had voted for her. She also reminded the audience that there had been very little music in Afghanistan in the last two decades, which have been mostly consumed with war.

Remember under the Taliban regime that was overthrown in 2001, women were not even allowed out of their homes unaccompanied, while music and television were banned and the Taliban are not far out, daily reports are coming from assassins and murders organized by the Taliban.

 

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