Taliban advance in Afghanistan means 'losing everything' says girls' education activist

'My identity, I have to hide it,' the reality of the Taliban's takeover in Afghanistan

Pashtana Durrani runs a charity which focuses on getting women and girls into education in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

On Friday, the city where she lives and works fell to the Taliban.

Speaking before the insurgents entered Kabul and looked set to declare control of the country, Pashtana said Taliban rule would mean "losing your dreams, your goals, your ambition... everything."

After Kandahar fell to the Taliban, Pashtana was forced from her home.

"My identity, I have to hide it," she told ITV News Global Security Editor Rohit Kachroo.

The Taliban has taken control of the country's second and third largest cities Kandahar and Herat. Credit: AP

She said she felt "hopeless" at how quickly the city had fallen.

"It's a huge loss. Today I'm not even sure where my people are, where the community is, how we are going to end up."

With the Taliban set to declare control of Afghanistan, many in the country are left with the same feeling.

On Sunday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled to Tajikistan.

Pashtana says there is no resistance, writing: "Shame on all those who claimed to protect."