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Stories about Afghanistan

15 November 2017

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

Global Voices Advocacy

"The order must be immediately withdrawn, otherwise we put Ghani’s name in line with dictators like Putin, Bashar Assad, Kim Jong Un and many more."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

15 October 2017

On Language: The Many Flavours of Persian in Eurasia

"The language categories we are more or less stuck with are organized vertically by nation-state."

21 September 2017

Afghanistan Mourns Honorary ‘Grandmother’ Nancy Hatch Dupree

"One of a few with unconditional love and adoration for Afghanistan."

4 September 2017

Were the Dozens of Civilians Killed in Recent Airstrikes Victims of Trump's New Afghan Strategy?

The UN has recorded a 43 percent increase in civilian casualties caused by aerial operations during the first six months of 2017.

27 August 2017

Trump's Strategy for Afghanistan: New Hopes and Old Fears

"Finally, President Trump made it clear and said what Afghans were saying in last 15 years: Pakistan hosts terrorists."

19 August 2017

Afghan Asylum Seekers’ Anti-Deportation Protest in Stockholm Marks Two Weeks

"Stop deporting minors. Or even better, stop all deportation of refugees."

8 August 2017

Afghanistan's Government Stood by as Militants Unleashed Hell on a Hazara Village

The capture of Mirzaolang by Taliban-led militants is the latest shocking brutality inflicted on the long-suffering ethnic group.

18 July 2017

What Will it Take to End Child Marriages in Afghanistan?

The Bridge

Practices such as “baad” and “baadal” were prohibited under a 2009 law, but continue unhindered in the country today.

4 June 2017

Kabul Violence: “We Are Dying Every Single Moment!”

"Let Afghanistan heal! Fighting each other and losing precious lives is what the enemy wants! Come to your senses!"

30 April 2017

The Return of the Butcher of Kabul: What Does It Mean for Peace in Afghanistan?

Global Voices spoke with activist, journalist and author Akram Gizabi about the potential implications of warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's return to the domestic political fold.

1 February 2017

How to Reintegrate the Afghan Boys Used as Sex Toys of Powerful Men?

The practice of 'Bacha Bazi' has been in the news a lot of late, but there is a shortage of political will to help victims.

28 December 2016

Five Things Tearing Afghanistan Apart and the Local Proverbs That Help Explain Them

"The goat worries about his life, the butcher worries about the fat.”

27 November 2016

In Afghanistan, Women's Rights Still Struggle to Take Root

"Being delivered into this world by someone brain-defected, the deputy to the Kabul clerical council must himself be without a brain."

22 October 2016

Kyrgyzstan Is to Kok-Boru What Brazil Is to Football

The Bridge

The equestrian contact sport Kok-Buro is a test of skill and strength, and at the end of a game the players often get to eat the trophy.

12 October 2016

Will Pakistan Carry Out a Threat to Expel 2.5 Million Afghan Refugees?

After decades of mixed hospitality, Islamabad says it can no longer host refugees from its war-torn neighbour.

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