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Struggling to Survive: Story of a Challenging Journey

by Zahra Joya This story was published in partnership with Rukhshana Media and The Fuller Project. I have lost count of the number of days and weeks since that Sunday when Kabul fell to the Taliban. Everything seems to have faded away and I feel like I’m drowning in a wave of despair. I know that I am not alone in feeling this. Anyone with any kind of connection to this land is full of despair.  I lived under the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Kabul for two weeks, and this is a summary of my personal experience....

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Whips and Silent Gazes

Note: Dari version of this article was published on 15 April 2021 By Fariba Hasani After four days of hesitation, I summoned my courage and watched the saddening scene of a woman being whipped, reportedly taken place in the Oba district of Herat province. The video has been circulated on social media for several days. In reaction, some men have...

Fear and concern; women’s achievements under threat

Note: Dari version of this article was published on 17 July 2021 By Elaha Mohammadi From the difficulties of getting a social presence to sexual harassment on the streets and workplaces, women in Afghanistan’s patriarchal society face many challenges. In this country, men often look down on women and treat them inhumanely. Throughout history women have been viewed as “body,...


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