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
KABUL, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) — The war-weary Afghans celebrated Eid al-Adha, one of the largest annual religious festivals, across the insurgency-riddled country amid tight security on Monday. Security forces had been deployed in all sensitive areas including big mosques where faithful Afghans used to offer Eid al-Adha prayer. To celebrate Eidul Adha in a peaceful
Huffington Post: The opening of a family movie theater in Kabul means women can watch films in public for the first time in two decades. For many living under Afghan society’s oppressive rules, the Galaxy Family Cinema isn’t just about films – it means a few hours of freedom. When the Taliban took control of Kabul in
Associated Press: The Wakhan corridor, which has been named Afghanistan’s second national park, is the country’s most — perhaps only — peaceful region. But it is so poor, even for Afghanistan, that people get food on credit or barter for it, and children go barefoot during the long, harsh winters. The Ismaili Shiite Muslim community here
Tolo News: A depressed economy and poverty are among the reasons for the slump in shopping sales Kabul as Eid al-Fitr arrives. Afghans say increasing unemployment, the decrease in the value of the Afghani against dollar and prices hike have had a negative effect on the markets in the country. Click here to read more (external link).