Produced by Neil Bowdler
December 14, 2021
'A Broken Phone And A Broken Heart': Afghan Refugees Recount Robberies On Their Journey To Serbia
Thousands of migrants from war-torn countries including Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq are being temporarily housed in centers in Serbia. Most left home with little more than money, documents, a phone, and some prized personal possessions.
November 24, 2021
Afghan Kids Put To Work Sorting Garbage In Tehran Despite Child Labor Ban
Iranian officials say around 4,600 children collect recyclable garbage on the streets of Tehran to sell and that the numbers are growing. It's estimated that 95 percent are foreigners and most of them are young Afghans. Many other children work at markets or cleaning cars in the Iranian capital.
June 22, 2021
Pakistanis Can't Get Vaccine Shots As Provinces Complain Of Shortages
The COVID-19 vaccination program in Pakistan's Sindh and Punjab provinces is being hampered by a shortage of vaccine doses. People in Sindh's provincial capital, Karachi, were turned away after lining up in the sun for inoculations.
February 22, 2021
Afghan Barber's Special Offer: Read A Book And Get 30 Percent Off
A barber in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has installed a small library in a corner of his shop. Assadullah says he dropped out of school early, but is encouraging other people to read as much as possible in a country where literacy levels remain low.
February 19, 2021
Shunned By Other Churches, Pakistan's Transgender Community Makes Its Own
The transgender community in Karachi has found its own place of worship after being harassed or turned away from other churches in the Pakistani city. The First Church For Eunuchs -- a term used in Pakistan for transgender people -- was set up by Pastor Ghazala Shafique of the Church of Pakistan.
February 03, 2021
Archaeologists Uncover 2,000-Year-Old Buddhist Site In Pakistan
In Pakistan's Swat district, archaeologists have uncovered what they consider to be important Buddhist structures that are up to 2,000 years old. They were found in an area that had been used for cattle grazing until recently.
February 01, 2021
Afghan Female Commandos Fear For Future As Taliban Talks Continue
Mariam Noorzai is a commando in the Afghan National Army. Since her husband was seriously injured in combat, she's the main breadwinner for both her own family and the family of her brother-in-law, who was killed in a land-mine explosion 14 years ago.
January 27, 2021
Sister Of Murdered Afghan TV Journalist Recalls Gunshot Outside The Family Home
The family of the murdered Afghan TV journalist Malala Maiwand has spoken to RFE/RL about her death. Maiwand and her driver, Mohammad Tahir, were killed in December 2020 in the city of Jalalabad outside Maiwand's family home. Her sister, Fatima Hilal, recalls hearing gunfire and going to the door.
January 21, 2021
Afghan Police Accused Of Using Drug Addicts As Free Labor
Drug addicts in Farah City in Afghanistan's Farah Province say they have been forced to work without pay for the local police. They claim they were made to work away from prying eyes on construction sites inside military compounds.
January 19, 2021
Afghanistan Opens $6 Million Pine-Nut Factory As Sales To China Boom
A new pine-nut processing factory has opened in the Afghan city of Gardez, the capital of the southeastern Afghan province of Paktia. Officials say $6 million was invested in building the facility, which they say could create up to 1,000 new jobs.
January 11, 2021
Afghans Displaced By War Left Cold And Hungry In the Snow
Delbar and her family of eight fled war in Afghanistan's Faryab Province almost a year ago and their home district is currently under the control of Taliban militants. They now live in tents in the snow in the city of Sheberghan in neighboring Jawzjan Province and say they don't have enough food.
January 04, 2021
Rebuilding A Life: Pakistani Journalist Forced Into Construction Work
A TV and print journalist in the Pakistani city of Peshawar has been forced into work on construction sites after he lost his job. Shakirullah used to report on issues such as local militant groups, but says he was laid off after his company decided to downsize.
December 15, 2020
Afghan Grandmother Makes Bricks To Provide For Family Of 12
Bibi is 55 years old and has only one name. She and her family fled her home in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province as fighting raged between government forces and Islamic State militants. She works in a brick factory and supports her wounded son, her daughter-in-law, and nine grandchildren.
December 11, 2020
TV News Anchor And Women's Rights Advocate Shot Dead In Afghanistan
A prominent Afghan journalist and news anchor has been shot dead alongside her driver as she traveled to work in Jalalabad. Malala Maiwand, 24, worked for the private media group Enikass and was a vocal advocate of women's rights.
November 30, 2020
Afghan Addicts Struggle To Get Clean In Kandahar
Jamila is 35 years old, a mother of six, and says her drug-dealing husband got her addicted to heroin. In the southern Afghan city of Kandahar where she lives, there are an estimated 300,000 drug addicts and only one treatment center that offers no places for women.
May 09, 2019
The Young Afghan Amputee Who Loves To Dance
Five-year-old Sayeed Abdul Rahman was just 8 months old when he was shot during fighting between Afghan forces and Taliban militants. His leg was subsequently amputated. Now, thanks to support from a Red Cross hospital in Kabul, he can walk and dance on a prosthetic limb.
April 11, 2019
Pink Buses For Female Pakistani Students
A new bus service has been launched in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province with the aim of encouraging more women to attend local colleges. The pink, women-only buses each have a conductor and police guard. The Japanese government and UN Women are supporting the project, which will provide low-co