Narratively.ly: Millennials are roughly defined as those born between the years 1980 and 2001. In Afghanistan, this definition carries an added layer of significance, as these years are the bookends of two particularly catastrophic periods of conflict: 1980, the first year of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and 2001, marking the beginning of the U.S.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty December 7, 2016 Afghans are increasingly uncertain about their future because of insecurity, corruption, and rising unemployment, according to a new poll. According to the annual survey released on December 7 by the Asia Foundation, 29.3 percent of Afghans polled said they believe the country is moving in the right direction
The Independent (UAE): A group of Afghan artists and activists are painting graffiti on the walls of government buildings, businesses and embassies in Kabul. They call themselves the Afghan “Banksy”. Click here to view more photos (external link).
Tolo News: A number of Pamir residents from Wakhan district in Badakhshan arrived in Faizabad, the provincial capital, on Thursday and lodged complaints about what they say are serious food shortages and a lack of health care facilities in their district. The residents said that government has forgotten about them and is not addressing their problems.
AP: Every day that Dil Agha works at his backbreaking job at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, from before sunrise to well after sunset, he digs himself deeper into debt. He knows he will never be able to pay back what he owes to the kiln owner who lent him a
Ayesha Tanzeem VOA News October 24, 2016 KUNDUZ, AFGHANISTAN — A bulldozer was busy clearing up the burnt remains of a shop destroyed during more than a week of fighting. Nearby, a man sold vegetables on a cart amidst heaps of charred bricks. Almost two weeks after the Afghan government, with NATO support, managed to fend
Wired: Anna Loshkin’s photographs show people relaxing in the most ordinary ways. Singing pop songs in a karaoke bar. Crashing bumper cars at an amusement park. Playing paintball. They could be in any city in the US, but they’re in Afghanistan. “Even in a war zone, you still want to have fun,” she says. Click here
RT: The curious case of ‘bacha posh’ takes RT to Afghanistan – a society so patriarchal that a family having several daughters and no sons is a social stigma that’s impossible to shake. This leads to some girls being forced to live as boys. Some for life. Click here to read more (external link).
GlobalVoices.Org: Overseas, the word Afghanistan strikes fear into many people’s hearts, while some are quick to conflate it with the Taliban movement that ruled the country from 1996 to 2001 and continues to seek power through arms. But beyond politics, Afghanistan is a source of great inspiration and resolve for its long-suffering citizens, for a number of reasons. So, before asking the
Tolo News: In a bid to feed their families, about 10 struggling actors from Balkh province have recently been forced to leave the movie industry and start up businesses of their own. Hamayoun Bahar, a 45-year-old actor, who has worked in the industry for 12 years, said that due to poverty and the lack of support by