From Afghanistan, alumna of New York University and Columbia University, and currently living in New York City and working with GroupM.
Latest posts by Samea Shanori
Using tablets, activist gets 900 girls and women educated in rural Afghanistan
"Afghan women are the future of this war-torn country."
What International Women's Day looked like around the world in 2021
"Although COVID-19 dampened participation in many countries, women still raised their voices on the streets on different continents, especially as the pandemic has worsened inequalities faced by women."
Trump unleashed a collective facepalm in Afghanistan with account of 1979 Soviet invasion
"We're caught in the middle. End of story."
Afghan Asylum Seekers’ Anti-Deportation Protest in Stockholm Marks Two Weeks
"Stop deporting minors. Or even better, stop all deportation of refugees."
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!"
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.
Remembering Some of Afghanistan's Brightest Lights, Killed in the Attack on a Renowned Kabul University
“I will keep my wings open, my music loud; no matter how much you keep me in the dark. Hello! Do you hear me? I am Afghanistan.”
Afghanistan's Hazaras: ‘Do Not Eliminate Us!’
"Never can a bomb silence the voice for justice and equality."
Afghan Refugees: “Nobody ‘Wants’ to Leave. It Is About Survival.”
"Everybody is leaving Afghanistan. The only people who will be left there are President Ashraf Ghani and [Chief Executive] Abdullah Abdullah!"
Why Afghanistan's Hazara Won't Stop Marching
All Afghans are affected by the country's ongoing crisis of governance, but it is the long-suffering Hazara minority that has run out of patience fastest.
Afghanistan's National Football Team the Pride of a Nation, Even in Defeat
"Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai watched @SAFFSuzukiCup #football match from his home sitting on a mattress with green tea."
Afghans Nail #GrowingUpAfghan on Twitter
"My dad just asked me to make him tea when it's 84 degrees outside #GrowingUpAfghan."
Afghan Woman Beaten to Death and Burned for Allegedly Setting a Quran on Fire
"What happened in #Kabul today was absolutely against the law, Sharia law and does NOT represent Muslims in Afghanistan."
Is Afghanistan Getting Closer to a Reckoning with Gender Violence and Discrimination?
"Women's rights in Afghanistan can only go so far, until men stand for it too."
Afghans Relishing Their First Cricket World Cup
The Afghan national team is preparing for its first ever Cricket World Cup, an event that is being treasured by the country's diverse population.
Exit Hamid Karzai, Afghan Legend
After thirteen years as President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai has said goodbye to the Arg he inhabited for so long. Even Afghans that hated him now find themselves feeling sentimental.
Men Convicted in Afghanistan's #Paghman Gang Rape Case Receive Death Sentences
In a powerful display of civic solidarity, Afghan society has finally spoken out against rape crimes. But could it not have done so without demanding the death penalty?
Afghanistan's Ice Bucket Challengers Ask Presidential Rivals to ‘Be Cool!’
With tensions between supporters of presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah threatening to boil over, a group of young Afghans are dumping ice on troubled water.
“No Less than a Miracle”: Afghanistan's Next President is… Ashraf Ghani?
Whether they were "ghost votes" or "clean votes" Ashraf Ghani appears to have more of them than his bitter rival for the Afghan presidency, Abdullah Abdullah. So, what happens next?
Afghans Survive Severed Fingers to Cast Second Round Votes
In April, Afghans participated in the first round of historic presidential elections. In the second round, Taliban militants sliced off Afghan fingers, but millions of votes were cast anyway.
Afghanistan Shows the Taliban the Middle Finger
Afghans have faced down the Taliban and their votes are being counted. Meanwhile, one candidate is already declaring himself the first round's preliminary leader.