Produced by Ray Furlong
September 02, 2022
U.K. Minister Defends Treatment Of Afghan Refugees Amid ‘Shame’ Criticism
A British government minister said he was "proud" of his government's record of evacuating Afghans who worked with the British Army as interpreters, following criticism from a former army commander. Graham Stuart, who is minister for Europe, spoke to RFE/RL's Ray Furlong in Prague on September 1.
September 01, 2022
Senior Biden Aide Hints At Financial Consequences For Taliban Rights Abuses
A senior aide to U.S. President Joe Biden has hinted that the Taliban could face financial consequences for human rights violations. In his first broadcast interview since his appointment last year, Rob Berschinski, special assistant to the president, said, "We're going to hold them to their word."
July 26, 2022
Afghanistan Faces 'Worst Women's Rights Violations On Earth,' Says German Foreign Minister
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Afghanistan is facing the "worst human rights violations on Earth" under Taliban rule. Speaking to RFE/RL's Ray Furlong in Prague on July 26, she said the Western withdrawal had been too fast and had left Afghanistan's people "alone."
February 01, 2022
Organs And Children Sold Amid Afghan Economic Collapse
A mother said she considered selling her child amid the humanitarian and economic crisis that has gripped Afghanistan -- she had already sold her kidney. Many others say they have done the same. Elsewhere, a long, dusty line of people waited patiently for cash handouts from the UN's refugee agency.
October 21, 2021
Anger In Pakistan As Prices Jump For Basics Like Bread
Anger is rising in Pakistan, with protests breaking out as inflation hits hard. In Peshawar, the price of naan bread jumped 25 percent in just two weeks as the cost of flour went up for bakeries. The Economist has ranked Pakistan's overall inflation rate as the fourth highest in the world.
October 01, 2021
Afghan Policewoman's Killing After Taliban Takeover Remains Unsolved
Negar, an Afghan policewoman, was killed after the Taliban came to power. She is survived by her husband and 10 children, including a 9-month-old baby. Her death came amid reports of extrajudicial killings of people who worked for the security forces under the ousted Afghan government.
September 17, 2021
'We Need Help': Drought Destroys Crops In Rural Afghanistan
In central Afghanistan's Ghor Province, drought has blighted Murtaza Farzan’s potato crop and left him hoping for international aid, which has also dried up since the Taliban takeover in August. Many people have fled the land for the regional capital, Firozkoh.
September 06, 2021
'Devastating': Afghan Pop Star Laments Taliban Takeover After Fleeing Her Country
Aryana Sayeed is one of Afghanistan's most famous pop stars, but now she's an exile. Speaking to RFE/RL's Radio Azadi from her home in Istanbul, Turkey, she says her career will continue -- but that she is hugely concerned for the many artists stuck in Afghanistan.
August 31, 2021
'Very Frightened': Afghan Students In Kazakhstan Speak Of Deportation Fears
Barna Kargar benefited from educational opportunities made available to Afghan girls in the years after the defeat of the Taliban in 2001, and after completing school she gained a place at a university in Kazakhstan. Now, like many Afghan students in the country, she fears being sent home.
August 30, 2021
'Power Vacuum' In Kabul: RFE/RL's Radio Azadi Journalist Describes Life Under The Taliban
An activist in Herat has told of restrictions on clothing, while a Kabul resident was surviving on bread after not being paid her salary. RFE/RL's Radio Azadi journalist Mustafa Sarwar answered questions from Current Time viewers and talked about life in Afghanistan under the Taliban.
August 13, 2021
Scraps Of Video Offer Glimpse Of Life In Cities Seized By Taliban
Taliban fighters drag the body of a dead Afghan soldier through dusty city streets, while elsewhere a shopkeeper calmly stacks his shelves and ponders how prices have risen. Scraps of video from areas captured by the Taliban give a glimpse of life there.
August 12, 2021
Taliban Seizing Girls For Forced Marriage, Says Fleeing Afghan Mother
Taliban militants are seizing girls and forcing them into marriage, according to an Afghan woman who fled her home for safety in Kabul. Zar Begum was among thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) sleeping in a Kabul park. Another IDP said the Taliban was forcing people to give them food.
July 21, 2021
As Rockets Fall Near Presidential Palace, Fears Rise Among Afghans
For many Afghans, doubts about the peace process with the Taliban are growing as Islamist militants capture more territory across the country. And anxieties in the capital, Kabul, rose as at least three rockets exploded near the presidential palace on July 20.
May 31, 2021
Trash Or Treasure: Afghan Military Denies U.S. Military Weapons For Sale At Kandahar Market
At Bush Market, you can buy what the Americans did not take with them when they handed over their base at Kandahar to the Afghan military in mid-May. But amid claims that weapons and munitions are traded, officials insist that no sensitive or military equipment is changing hands.
March 03, 2021
Shock In Afghanistan As Three Female TV Workers Gunned Down
Three young women working for a TV station in the Afghan city of Jalalabad have been shot dead. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility, but the local police chief says an arrested suspect was a Taliban member. In December, a female journalist from the same TV station was also killed.
August 03, 2020
Battle At An Afghan Jail Holding Islamic State Prisoners
At least 29 people were killed and more than 50 others injured in a battle at a prison holding Islamic State militants in Afghanistan, after a deadly attack by gunmen. In addition, the authorities said 10 insurgents were killed. Some prisoners escaped, although a number were recaptured.