Produced by Neil Bowdler
December 01, 2022
Former Afghan Army Women Face Hunger And Poverty After Taliban's Return
Women who served as soldiers or civilian employees with the Afghan National Security Forces say they no longer have the money to feed their families after losing their jobs when the Taliban retook power in August 2021.
November 29, 2022
Children Pay The Price Of Afghan War In Limbs And Lives
Rashid, 13, lost both his legs in an accident involving an unexploded shell in the Khogyani district of Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province. His six siblings were also injured. The Taliban says more than 120 people a month are killed or maimed in accidents involving unexploded ordinance.
November 28, 2022
Afghan Taliban Pledges To Support Polio Vaccination, But It's Too Late For Some
Lima, aged 14, is paralyzed and unable to speak after contracting polio as a younger child. Her family say she was never vaccinated. The Taliban, which banned inoculation campaigns in areas of Afghanistan under its control prior to retaking power in 2021, now says it supports vaccination efforts.
November 25, 2022
The Last Sikh In Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province
RFE/RL spoke to shopkeeper Charin Singh, who is believed to be the only Sikh remaining in the Afghan city of Jalalabad and the wider Nangharhar Province. He says attacks by militants have driven his family and other members of the Sikh community abroad.
November 21, 2022
With Afghan Economy In Shambles, Kabul's Pigeon Market Plummets
There is a long history of keeping pigeons in the Afghan capital, Kabul. In the past, some pigeons were bought and sold for the equivalent of hundreds of dollars, but prices have plunged along with incomes since the Taliban retook power in August 2021.
November 19, 2022
Afghan Who Lost Her Eye In Bombing Wishes Female Students Could Study What They Want
Fatima Amiri lost an eye in a suicide attack on a private college in Kabul on September 30. Just two weeks later, she passed her university entrance exams and plans to study computer science. The Taliban has barred female students from choosing many other university courses.
November 12, 2022
Afghan Rehab Centers Failing Drug Addicts After Taliban Takeover
The director of a 1,000-bed rehabilitation center for drug addicts in Kabul says they don't have enough basic food, medicine, and clothes for patients. Many rehabilitation centers have closed since international charities cut or reduced funding after the Taliban returned to power in August 2021.
November 07, 2022
'They Torture And Kill Us': Gay Afghan Men Fear For Lives Under The Taliban
Two gay Afghan men have told RFE/RL they live in constant fear under Taliban rule and have to meet their partners in secret. In a January report, Human Rights Watch found LGBT people in Afghanistan faced a"desperate situation and grave threats to their safety."
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.