It is one of the most famous pop stars of Afghanistan. Aryana Sayeed managed to escape from her country, which had been in the hands of the Taliban for a few days, aboard an American plane. “I’m safe and sound”: with these words and a selfie posted on Instagram, the artist reassured fans, showing that she managed to leave the country aboard an American military cargo plane, along with many other refugees. The shot, taken right on board the plane, quickly went viral.
Sayeed, 35, with 1.3 million followers on Instagram, has been receiving all sorts of threats for years due to his music and his way of dressing, particularly at concerts. The pop star has also always been very active in the battle for women’s rights and for this reason she has often been threatened with death by the Taliban for her choices, her style and her songs.
In the photo posted on Instagram, Sayeed appears sitting on the ground on an American military plane along with other evacuees. Put on the mask and make the victory sign with your fingers. In the caption he thanked his supporters who urged them to “stay safe” and “stay united”. Then he says: “After a couple of unforgettable nights, I have reached Doha, Qatar and I am waiting for my eventual flight back to Istanbul”. Then, he adds, “I hope and pray that following the recent changes, my wonderful people can at least start living a peaceful life without the fear of suicide bombers and explosions.”
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