On 12th December 2017, 5 people from Afghan-Turk schools were abducted by the Afghan intelligence service, National Directorate of Security (NDS). This excerpt is taken from Mrs Farzana Wardak’s oral account of what happened on the day. She is the wife of Massood Wardak who was the only Afghan teacher among those abducted. They were released on 17th December.

In the morning at 7:00 am, my husband left home for his job, and after that I didn’t hear from him. At 8:00 am, his colleagues from the school called me and told me to call my husband and ask where he is. I tried to call him many times but wasn’t able to reach him. Then we got informed that there was no sign of him around.

I had six lessons today, but by God, I didn’t even realize how I entered the classes and got out. What kind of government is this. Please get to our problems, where are you? Are you asleep? We don’t have any information about him yet. I am asking the government directly, where are they? Is the government asleep? Everyone is coming without any proof, and any legal documents, searching each corner of the school. With what rights do they perform such actions? Are these your private property?

I came to teach six lessons and didn’t know what I taught the students and what the students learned from me today. They (intelligence officers) came at night and scared every single girl. Where is this government? And why don’t they know this?

All the students got to the first floor to find out what happened. (They were asking) Why are the teachers here since morning, and why didn’t they get home? We are being emotionally tortured since the morning and no one cares about us.

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