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Ezzatullah Mehrdad

I am a journalist based in Kabul, Afghanistan. I produce long features and explanatory articles to uncover the country.

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Latest posts by Ezzatullah Mehrdad

4 October 2019

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."

12 July 2019

Beloved hill is a ‘painkiller’ for Afghans seeking refuge from conflict-torn Kabul

"I had this normal life, free of stress. There were no suicide bombings, no killings. Today our lives are full of uncertainty."

1 June 2019

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.”

25 March 2019

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.

4 March 2019

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.”

17 February 2019

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.

21 December 2018

Defying the odds as a woman entrepreneur in Afghanistan

After years of struggle Shukria Attaye owns a successful dairy farm that counts her elder brother among its employees.

18 October 2018

How much blood will the right to vote cost Afghans?

Elections set for October 20 are a cause for celebration but also an excuse for militants to ramp up attacks.

5 October 2018

‘My message is my car': Afghan innovator challenges youth to make something from nothing

"Just start your work. Do your work with what you have now. It's time to start."

22 August 2018

Water shortages weigh heavy on Afghanistan

The capital Kabul is already thirsty, and its population is set to grow by over a third in the next three decades.

2 July 2018

The ‘future belongs’ to Afghanistan's spinning cricket star Rashid Khan

Sachin Tendulkar, a retired Indian batsman often viewed as the greatest of all time, says Khan is the best spin bowler in T20I cricket.

7 May 2018

‘You and this loss will never be forgotten': The deadly realities of media work in Afghanistan

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"What a painful day. What a hard job. What a dark time in Kabul. TariqMajidi is covering the funeral of his colleague."

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."

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

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.