Ariana: According to the latest report from the World Population Survey on the happiest countries in the world, Afghanistan was ranked the saddest country in the world for the second year in a row. The survey includes 146 countries, with Afghanistan at the bottom of the list. Click here to read more (external link).
By Abubakar Siddique Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty November 22, 2021 Afghan university professor Faizullah Jalal has appeared in debates on Afghanistan’s most popular television channels for years, earning a reputation as an outspoken critic of the country’s leaders. But there are fears that Jalal’s most recent media appearance, during which he lambasted the new Taliban regime,
NPR: At 32 years old, Dr. K is old enough to remember the first time the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in 1995. She was 7 when girls were banned from school. “For years, my mother ensured that we continued our studies in secret classes conducted by women teachers in their homes,” she says. Click
Ariana: UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said this week she is “deeply concerned by reports that child marriage in Afghanistan is on the rise”. In a statement issued Saturday, Fore said: “We have received credible reports of families offering daughters as young as 20 days old up for future marriage in return for a dowry.
8am: A 19-year-old young boy was shot for listening to music by the Taliban, sources in Badakhshan said. According to the sources, the Taliban first checked his cell phone, and when they found out that he was listening to music they beat and shot him. Click here to read more (external link).
WSJ: A week after the Taliban swept to power in August, a businessman who had become an official in Afghanistan’s new government turned up at Ayesha’s home. He demanded the family hand over Ayesha and her four sisters to repay what he said was a $250,000 debt owed by her brother. Click here to read
Ron Synovitz RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi October 13, 2021 Ahmad Gholami, a 25-year-old Afghan musician, had dedicated his life to the art of playing a sitar-like lute called the tanbur. But after nearly a decade mastering the instrument well enough to earn his living as a professional musician, the Taliban has banned music under its tribal
CNN: This is not the first time the Taliban has taken a stand against the arts in Afghanistan. When the Taliban was last in power, from 1996 to 2001, the regime defaced public paintings and destroyed cultural heritage sites around the country. In 1996, members machine-gunned an iconic fountain in the city of Herat, in
Gulamaiz Sharifi Abubakar Siddique Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty October 6, 2021 Jamilah and her six children live out in the open, exposed to the elements, with little food or water. The 45-year-old was forced by armed Taliban militants to leave her mud-brick home in a remote village in central Afghanistan in late September. Her family
😑😢In one of the southern provinces of Afghanistan, people are selling their children due to poverty. Boys $228 and girls $114 https://t.co/2oB6zj93tE — Natiq Malikzada (@natiqmalikzada) September 22, 2021