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An Afghan Teacher Laments Taliban Ban

Teacher Laments Taliban Ban

When the Taliban took over, many Afghans lost hope, both for the country and its people. If you’re a teacher of small girls, it is impossible to accept the death of hope. But now it has evaporated before my very eyes.

In Bamiyan, the Taliban Walk a Perilous Tightrope

Taliban on a Tightrope

Only time will tell if the "moderates" or the ideologues within the Taliban win in the struggle for the Shiite-majority province of Bamiyan. With the openly-sectarian Islamic State group watching from elsewhere in the country, the potential dangers for Afghanistan’s ethnic minorities are clear.

New Threats to Heritage in the Taliban’s Afghanistan

New Threats to Heritage in the Taliban’s Afghanistan

One senior official at a cultural organization active in Afghanistan described the situation to New Lines as a tipping point. It should not be taken for granted, he said, that the current position of the Taliban on supporting heritage preservation will remain without tangible projects and commitment from the outside world. Without such an external effort, the fate of hundreds of archaeological and heritage sites hangs in the balance — open to further neglect, or worse.

Afghanistan’s Last Women’s Affairs Minister Speaks Out

Afghanistan’s Last Women’s Affairs Minister Speaks Out

Hasina Safi served as Afghanistan’s last minister of women’s affairs. Her ministry has been replaced by the Ministry for Prevention of Vice and Promotion of Virtue. From her place of exile in the United Kingdom, Safi tells New Lines why she remains hopeful.

Within Afghanistan, Travel Checkpoints Reflect a New Uncertainty

Within Afghanistan, Travel Checkpoints Reflect a New Uncertainty

This was the first time in years that we could travel to Bamiyan by car. The same trip was previously often life-threatening because of the unstable situation in Maidan Wardak province, a Taliban stronghold situated between Kabul and Bamiyan. A sizable number of Afghans praise this new reality and can travel the country for the very first time in their lifetime.

Love, Life and Hope: Returning to Help the Women of Afghanistan

Love, Life and Hope: Returning to Help the Women of Afghanistan

I knew how lucky I was to have other options, to be able to make the choice to leave a war without being a refugee. I had been given a Special Immigrant Visa for the U.S. and left Afghanistan in 2016, still haunted by guilt. I studied at college in Virginia. I wanted to pursue a career in education that would one day help me make more substantial changes in Afghanistan. I went on to study at Georgetown and Columbia universities and continued to tell myself that all of this was in aid of my life’s mission to work for, and with, Afghan women. But who knows when I will be able to return to Herat or Kabul now?

One Year After the Fall of Kabul – with Fazelminallah Qazizai

One Year After the Fall of Kabul – with Fazelminallah Qazizai

One year after the fall of Kabul, this special anniversary episode of The Lede looks back on the momentous events of Aug. 15, 2021, and explores how Afghanistan has fared in their aftermath. Featuring Fazelminallah Qazizai, Nazila Jamshidi and Chris Sands, alongside hosts Rasha Elass and Faisal Al Yafai.