Saturday 16 October 2021
September 30, 2021
Fate Of Ancient Afghan Historical Sites Uncertain Under Taliban Rule
In Nimroz Province in southern Afghanistan, archaeologists are working to preserve a number of ancient buildings that are at risk of total collapse. They appear to have the support of local Taliban officials, but there are concerns that the regime might change its policy.
September 10, 2021
Fearing Taliban Crackdown, Afghan Musicians Are Already Falling Silent
Habibullah Shabab found his calling as a singer -- but since the Taliban's return to power, he's given up performing and instead makes a living as a shopkeeper. The Taliban has not yet imposed a ban on music as it did in the 1990s, but Shabab and others fear such a policy is imminent.
August 18, 2021
Hundreds Of Shi'ite Muslims Mark Eve Of Ashura Holiday In Islamabad
Hundreds of Shi'ite Muslims joined processions in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, to commemorate the eve of the holiday of Ashura. Participants rhythmically beat their chests and recited poems on August 18 to mark the martyrdom of Hussain, a grandson of the prophet Muhammad.
July 21, 2021
Pakistani Muslims Celebrate Eid Al-Adha At Islamabad's King Faisal Mosque
Top government officials and many others offered Eid Al-Adha prayers at the King Faisal Mosque in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. The July 21 ceremony was followed by the ritual slaughtering of animals, an important component of the Eid festival.
July 15, 2021
Kyrgyzstan Appeals For Help For Ethnic Kyrgyz Who Fled Afghanistan
The Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry has appealed to authorities in neighboring Tajikistan to facilitate the passage to their common border of hundreds of ethnic Kyrgyz who fled Afghanistan amid a major Taliban surge that is raising security concerns in neighboring former Soviet republics.
May 19, 2021
The Amazing Rise And Fall Of Century-Old Afghan Box Cameras
Artisan skills dating back to the 19th century transformed a bulky wooden box into a camera and a self-contained darkroom that was still widely used in Kabul at the start of the 21st century. But now, the "kamra-e-faoree" is disappearing from Afghanistan.
May 18, 2021
Dance, Drums, And Guns: The Death Ritual Of Pakistan's Kalash People
In a remote mountain region of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, the Kalash people, followers of a pre-Islamic religion, mark death as few on the planet do. With dance, drums, and gunfire, the colorful funeral ritual is an elaborate and expensive celebration of a loved one's life.