Al Jazeera: The Wakhan Corridor, a mountainous region situated in the far northeast of Afghanistan, is bordered by the Hindu Kush mountains and peaks, some reaching 5,000 metres. Isolated from the rest of Afghanistan, the region was spared by the war that raged through the country for years. But many of the territory’s residents continue to
By Freshta Jalalzai & Ron Synovitz May 25, 2019 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Salema Akhundzada was speaking with her mother on the night of May 3 about making a dress as an end-of-Ramadan gift for her 6-month-old niece when a bomb exploded outside their mud-brick home in the eastern part of Ghazni Province. Afghan government
Reuters: Afghans began moving to Iran in large numbers after the Soviet invasion in 1979 and they continued to migrate for work through decades of conflict, sending money to relatives back home that helped bolster Afghanistan’s struggling economy. Iran’s economy has been squeezed since President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran last year after pulling out
Reuters: Bird hunting is an ancient sport in Afghanistan, where local and migrating species have flocked for thousands of years and where even amid the chaos of the past 40 years of conflict, the tradition persists. Click here to read more (external link).
1TV: Afghanistan is ranked third least happy country in the world, according to an annual survey released on Wednesday. The 2019 World Happiness Report, released by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, showed that Afghanistan were nine spots down from last year. Afghanistan is only above Central African Republic and South Sudan in the latest index.
Reuters: Kabul’s green zone is a place where diplomats fly in cheesecake from New York and cases of wine from Europe, but many of those residing inside the heavily fortified enclave are not allowed to walk without an armed guard even for a distance of 100 meters. Click here to read more (external link).
Al Jazeera: Fakhria Momtaz, who set up a yoga hub in 2016, explains why women’s wellbeing is important in a war-torn nation. At the Momtaz Yoga Center, Afghanistan’s only yoga studio in Kabul, Fakhria Momtaz gives her daughter advice on how to lead a class. It has served as a hub for female yoga enthusiasts since it
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 12, 2019 Akramullah Karam Frud Bezhan MAYMANA, Afghanistan — Bibi Fatemah hunches on the cold concrete floor of a basement, hand-knotting an Afghan carpet. The 75-year-old is frail, and the work is exhausting. But the grandmother has no other option but to work after becoming the sole breadwinner in her
Mirwais Bezhan Mohammad Habibzada VOA News December 6, 2018 BALKH, AFGHANISTAN / WASHINGTON — For decades in a small village in northern Afghanistan’s Balkh province, dozens of families have lived in one- and two-story houses made from ammunition, where 3-meter-long live rockets are used as ceiling beams. After a few explosions, the villagers now want the
Tolo News: According to the Asia Foundation, a total of 15,012 face-to-face interviews were conducted with Afghan respondents 18 years of age and older, 50.3% male and 49.7% female, and comprising 80.6% rural and 19.4% urban respondents. Click here to read more (external link). Related The Asia Foundation Releases 2018 Survey of the Afghan People Survey