On a mid-January evening, an interpreter for an Afghan woman, a former civic leader now in hiding from the Taliban, described the winter of discontent, desperation and despair taking hold of the safe house they both share with a dozen others.
“Believe me, we are in a very bad condition. I am selling all my [possessions], and no one wants to buy,” he told RealClearPolitics. “We don’t know what to do. From one side, the weather is very cold … and now I can’t go out [to try to sell them and get supplies] because everywhere [Taliban members] are standing.”
The interpreter and several others who…