Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello is pleading for help to get female guitar students safely out of Afghanistan.
A group of young female students in Lanny Cordola‘s Girl With a Guitar program are trapped in Kabul following the Taliban takeover of the Afghan capital.
Writing on behalf of “some very special girls in Afghanistan who are in grave danger,” Morello sent an open letter on Monday asking for intervention by the music industry.
“I’ve had the honor of collaborating with these wonderful kids. Since the Taliban takeover their school has been destroyed and the girls are in hiding,” Morello wrote. “They are at extreme risk because they are widely known to have performed Western music and have been educated by a male American teacher. Anything you could do to help save their lives would be much appreciated.”
Cordola founded The Miraculous Love Kids and Girl With a Guitar in 2015. The nonprofit takes in street orphans and other girls that have endured significant trauma and uses music as a rehabilitation tool and means of working through their problems, their histories and their hopes.
The Taliban have already expressed their opposition to music and entertainment by executing artists in public.
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