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Stories about Afghanistan

18 April 2018

Pakistan's under-threat minorities have found their voice. But will the state listen?

The Bridge

"I cried today after seeing this post. It is the seventh day of a sit-in in Quetta against unlawful terrorism...and yet nothing has changed."

9 April 2018

A Rural-Born Peace Movement Turns Heads Amid the Carnage of the Afghan War

"The only aim of the sit-in is to stop fighting from both sides. The Taliban should not send bombers and the government should not drop bombs on them."

6 April 2018

Why Spring Brings Both Joy and Pain to Afghanistan

"Happy Nawroz to all. May this year be a year of peace, harmony and an end to suffering. Peace will prevail. We are optimistic for it."

4 April 2018

Education Against the Odds: How a Student and Mother from Afghanistan’s Central Highlands Stole Social Media's Heart

"Twenty years from now, that child will see this photo in a better Afghanistan."

21 March 2018

On World Poetry Day, Some Verses Straight From Persia's Heart

The Bridge

"The sadness in my heart, like a mountain/The heart under your chest, like a stone."

8 March 2018

A Struggle for Dignity: Women's Rights in Afghanistan

Empowerment on paper has not led to empowerment in practice.

7 February 2018

Five Attacks in the Last Year That Shook Kabul to Its Core

"We are human! Not numbers!"

5 February 2018

In Afghanistan, Governors Don't Just Step Down Because the President Asks Them To

"Balkh (now) has two governors... One rules the province like a king, and refuses to leave. His successor can't get it in."

25 January 2018

Rejected by Australia and Condemned to Detention in Indonesia, Refugees Protest Life in Limbo

The Bridge

"Australian NGOs have denounced this 'Indonesian Solution', arguing that their government is paying Jakarta “hundreds of millions of dollars to detain and warehouse asylum seekers."

Afghanistan Reels From Two Deadly Attacks in Less than a Week

"A cowardly and heinous attack by a bunch of terrorists on a humanitarian organization that serves the Afghan children."

23 January 2018

Jurassic Post: Afghan Minister's Gaffe Raises Meritocracy Concerns

“I regret that the National Unity Government talks about good governance while appointing a minister who lacks primary literacy.”

7 December 2017

Ashraf Ghani Gets Thumbs Down After ‘Anti-Women’ Headscarf Gaffe

After an outcry, Afghanistan's president apologised for the remark.

26 November 2017

A Student's Suicide Prompts Demands for Higher Education Reform in Afghanistan

"Break the hand that pushed a person to kill herself!"

25 November 2017

Journalists Face the Sharp End of Growing Violence and Insecurity in Afghanistan

Advox

Authorities are quick to hail the free press as an achievement, but slow to offer it protection.

15 November 2017

When Citizens Rejected a Ban on WhatsApp and Telegram, Afghan Officials Backed Down

Advox

"The order must be immediately withdrawn, otherwise we put Ghani’s name in line with dictators like Putin, Bashar Assad, Kim Jong Un and many more."

12 November 2017

‘I Felt This Happiness in My Skin and Bones': Domestic Football Thrills Afghanistan

"(The) Afghan football final was a huge success regardless of who won. A sold out crowd cheered two hours straight."

11 November 2017

Female-Run Restaurant Bends Back Social Barriers in Pakistan's Quetta

"Years ago, women’s lives were limited to the four walls of the house in Hazara Town, but it is no longer the case now."

9 November 2017

Meet Khazar Fatemi, a Swedish Journalist Still Searching for the Afghanistan She Left Behind

"For me it is important to use the freedom my parents fought so hard for."

26 October 2017

Ex-Refugee Who Slept Rough in Rome Now Runs Several Businesses, Dreams of Rebuilding Afghanistan

The Bridge

"I want to invest in Afghanistan, I have never forgotten my country and I can’t live happily, knowing that my people are suffering."

24 October 2017

The Battle Over Education in Afghanistan Is Decades Old and Still Only Heating Up

"Education is the antidote to the Taliban: education is tantamount to freeing the minds from the cages of extremism and bigotry."

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