Social Activist Saba Sahar Shot In Kabul
Saba Sahar, an Afghan actress, activist and also a director, is in hospital after being shot on Tuesday in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Saba is a women’s rights advocate, who reportedly underwent surgery after the gunmen opened fire on her car. The surgery of Afghan actress took place Tuesday night and was successful.
The extent of Sahar’s injury was not immediately clear. Emal Zaki, her husband, told that three gunmen opened fire on the car she was travelling in on her way to work.
“Afghanistan: The rise in attacks and assassination attempts on human rights defenders, political activists, journalists and film actors is extremely worrying. There must be an investigation on these attacks and the perpetrators held accountable. The authorities must protect everyone at risk”, Amnesty International tweeted on Tuesday, as a response to the attack.
Sahar is Afghanistan’s first female director. Moreover, she is also a campaigner for women’s rights. She made her directorial debut with the 2004 movie, The Law.
Saba Sahar in an Interview:
“I want to show that Afghan women are capable of doing anything men do,” she said in an interview with The Guardian in 2012.
“I want to show the conservatives who lock their daughters and wives at home that they should let them out to get an education, earn some money and help rebuild Afghanistan,” she said. Moreover, adding that she has received death threats from anonymous phone callers. “They told me to say goodbye to my loved ones because I’d soon be dead.”
After reporting the threats to authorities, Sahar said the calls only continued.
“They called me again and asked why I’d gone to the authorities,” she said. “They said that even if the whole government is behind you, we will still kill you. We will murder you on the street, in public.”
“Every morning when I leave the house, I know I might get killed, might never see my family again,” she told The Guardian at the time.
“Making movies is my love,” she continued. “I love my country. I want to show people that there’s more to Afghanistan than fighting, drugs and terrorism. If I die for asking for my rights and inspiring other women to fight for theirs, then I’m ready to lose my life.”