Nellab Hotaki Talash: She had to make a last-ditch escape as the Taliban regained power and released hundreds of dangerous prisoners.
Nellab Hotaki Talash’s phone rang as she entered her office in the heart of the Afghan city of Kabul on a January morning a year ago. Nellab was stunned to learn that Zakia Herawi, a Supreme Court judge she had known since university, was one of the victims of the assault as she handled a flood of calls from anxious relatives and friends. Despite the relentless barrage of trauma and intimidation, she never wanted to give up or leave Kabul. The Nellab and her husband, Malyar, turned down offers from family years ago to assist them in moving to the UK. Nellab and Malyar, an engineer, were compelled to support their countries devastated by war. She claims we have access to all life’s prospects in our nation. “I had a job, he had a job, we had an apartment and a vehicle.”