By Muslim Mirror Staff
Former Al Jazeera journalist Charlotte Bellis, who is five months pregnant, was offered asylum by the Taliban in Afghanistan after she failed to get a nod from authorities in New Zealand to return to her home country.
She says she is a “pregnant, unmarried woman” and was assured by the Taliban that she can give birth to her child in Afghanistan.
In a piece published by NZ Herald, she said was in Qatar when she figured out that she was pregnant. But it was illegal for an unmarried woman to be pregnant in Qatar. So, she made attempts to return to New Zealand but failed.
She then flew to Belgium, her partner Jim’s home country. But she was allowed to live there for a limited time only. When she decided to rebase she found that the only other place she had visa to live was Afghanistan. So, she had meetings with her senior Taliban contacts. She was assured by them that she can safely give birth to her child in Afghanistan.
“When the Taliban offers you – a pregnant, unmarried woman – safe haven, you know your situation is messed up,” she wrote in her piece.