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Filmmaker Sonia Cole: Will Hillary, Michelle Obama Condemn Afghan Atrocity?

By    |   Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 03:25 PM

The horrific mob murder of an Afghanistan woman falsely accused of burning the Koran stands as "the most violent act against a human being" ever, Afghan-American activist Sonia Nassery Cole told Newsmax TV.

"Right now I am shaking," Cole, an acclaimed documentary filmmaker, said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."

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"There were about 50 or 100 men standing there. How could not one human being pick up this woman? I am appalled beyond words."

On Feb. 19th, the 27-year-old victim named Farkhunda, a graduate student in religious studies, was savagely beaten to death by a dozen men in broad daylight after being dragged out of a mosque.

The violence exploded after Farkhunda argued with a mullah who was selling trinkets at the holy shrine, and was then was falsely accused of burning the Koran.

After being murdered, she was run over by a car, set on fire and thrown into a nearby river. The atrocity was captured on video.

All week, thousands of outraged Afghanis have taken to the streets of Kabul to protest the savagery, shouting, "Justice for Farkhunda."

"This kind of thing never happened like 300 years ago in Afghanistan. Now it's happening … It became wild, this country, and now our president goes up there with our Afghan president, saying, things are fantastic," Cole said.

"This is barbarian. This is the hand-off of a country."

Cole blamed the horror on ignorance, lack of education and the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan.

"This country has been at war for 35 years. Prior to that, we had a kingdom and this kingdom was not great, but nobody's nose bled in Afghanistan," she said.

"Then the Soviet Union came to Afghanistan to really take the natural minerals … They failed, thanks to us … [but] we just left it to Osama bin Laden. We made a safe haven for him to start ruling the Taliban.

"From that day on, things changed for Afghanistan. The Taliban was there for six years. In six years, the country went 400 years backward. Especially as far as women are concerned."

Cole called for first lady Michelle Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton to condemn the murder.

"They're talking about women's rights — where are they? This is the worst human rights violation ever," she said.

"I am extremely disappointed how the government of Afghanistan didn't do anything …

"If I were the president of Afghanistan, I would have hanged these people … because they took this woman from a mosque to the street … beating with the rocks. They had a car roll over her, threw her by Kabul River and put her on fire. Can you imagine this?"

Cole is director of the award-winning documentary "The Black Tulip", which tells the story of an Afghan family that becomes targeted by the Taliban when they open a restaurant.

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