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Stories about Afghanistan

Nearly six centuries after his birth, who owns Alisher Navoiy, the ‘father of Uzbek literature?’

February 9 marks the birth anniversary of a 15th-century Afghanistan-born poet who championed Turkic heritage, and became a national literary symbol in Soviet and later independent Uzbekistan.

Report into Australian special forces war crimes in Afghanistan ‘gut-wrenching’

"Heinous violence such as war crime cannot be concealed forever, no matter how much efforts are made to do it, as the Australian case shows."

Secret trials threaten open justice in Australia

"The cases… highlight the need for strong action to ensure that any such trials are held in open court and subject to public scrutiny."

‘Invisible hands': How millions of domestic workers fare under COVID-19

"We are the invisible hands. Our work is not valued. We don’t exist for the families we serve nor do we exist for the state."

Afghan migrants continue to die in the hands of Iranian authorities

While millions of Afghans have found refuge in neighboring Iran, some of them also die in the hands of Iranian authorities as they cross the country to reach Europe.

In Afghanistan, the war does not spare newborn babies inside maternity wards

When Afghans woke up on the morning of May 12, and found out about two new terrorist attacks, they were reminded that the ongoing war had reached new levels of...

Ghost cities in a COVID-19 world

Videos of empty cities from around the world curated by Global Voices' contributors.

COVID-19 strikes its first victims in Afghanistan

Afghanistan registers its first cases - including deadly ones - of COVID-19.

As Uzbekistan thaws, the Uzbek language spreads its wings

A political thaw is underway in a nation eagerly going online — providing the perfect opportunity for the Uzbek language to thrive in new and unexpected ways.

In Afghanistan, childhoods are lost to war

“The opportunity for their talents to flourish is taken away from them. The war prevents them to develop their potential. Future scientists have no chance to emerge.”

Can the 2019 presidential election alleviate rampant poverty in Afghanistan?

“I have had already this powerless feeling, and there was nothing to do, except voting."

Refugees in West Java, Indonesia have no access to education so they established their own school

Refugees can spend many years in Indonesia without possibility of permanent settlement.

As Afghanistan's war rolls on, its mental health toll grows greater

“The doctors wanted to discharge me. I begged them to keep me in longer.”

Afghanistan's ‘Art Lords’ on painting change at street level

"The common people like this work. The art is for them."

Afghanistan's Mina Mangal: ‘A strong, self-made woman’ gunned down in broad daylight

The prominent journalist-turned-parliamentary advisor hinted that she needed protection. No one stepped in to provide it.

Afghanistan's dwindling Sikh and Hindu communities turn towards the exits

A recent survey found that 60.7% of respondents would emigrate if they were given opportunity.”

Afghan government is ready for talks with the Taliban, but are their victims?

Crossfire, improvised explosive devices, assassinations, bombings, nighttime raids on homes of suspected insurgents and airstrikes have been blamed for high civilian casualty numbers.

Afghan women send a message to government, Taliban: We want in

"Peace does not just mean an end to the war. No country can be successful in its national programs without the participation of women."

Meet the heroes helping Afghanistan's suicide bomb victims rediscover hope

“Everyone there was telling Shukria that she would not able to walk, but I was telling her that she had to walk.”

Dapper former eye surgeon retrains sights on Afghanistan’s presidency

Few give 2014's runner-up Abdullah Abdullah a hope of winning and his entry into the race has given many a feeling of deja vu.

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