EXCLUSIVE: Stars of Afghan TV dramas forced to flee after Taliban sweeps into neighboring Parwan province

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Forbidden from acting in the television dramas that have captivated millions of Afghans since the Taliban government fell almost a decade ago, dozens of women have been forced to flee their homes in northern Afghanistan’s Parwan province.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is helping dozens of women and girls who have been displaced by the wave of Taliban arrests in neighboring areas of Parwan. The arrests have prompted several people to seek asylum in neighboring countries, including Pakistan and Iran.

“Some of these women and girls have been able to flee but some of them cannot as Taliban are still pursuing them,” ICRC spokeswoman Ingrid Talerico said in a video interview with Fox News’ James Rosen.

“We are going to support women who are searching for alternative solutions to ending this long, very tragic experience,” Talerico said.

More than a dozen women have fled their homes in the province since the Taliban were largely pushed from Parwan, Talerico said. Because Parwan is a provincial capital and not a rural area, many women have chosen to apply for asylum in Tehran, where they have received help from the Iranian Red Crescent.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has reported a similar influx, saying 85 Afghans have been registered in a border shelter in the Iranian city of Zahedan.

The Taliban are seeking to enforce a strict interpretation of Sharia law, which stipulates punishments that include the stoning to death of adulterers, beheadings and stoning women to death for adultery.

“We are going to continue to support people in Afghanistan who are going through this,” Talerico said. “This is an issue that was caused by terrorism and these people have to fight this terror.”

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