Afghan teachers defy the Taliban by secretly educating teenage girls

KABUL — A group of teenage girls quietly entered Fawzia’s house, took off their shoes, and gathered in the living room for a secret history lesson. Fawzia, who asked to be identified only by her first name, spoke of Afghanistan’s legendary treasure, the Bactrian gold, and its former kings and queens. The 56-year-old teacher sees … Read more

Afghan teachers defy the Taliban by secretly educating teenage girls

KABUL — A group of teenage girls quietly entered Fawzia’s house, took off their shoes, and gathered in the living room for a secret history lesson. Fawzia, who asked to be identified only by her first name, spoke of Afghanistan’s legendary treasure, the Bactrian gold, and its former kings and queens. The 56-year-old teacher sees … Read more

Afghanistan’s women’s soccer team knew it was going to come out. “Burn your sweaters.”

The first speech was from a 16-year-old striker, knee-deep in a gutter filled with sewage and panicked in the crowds crowding Hamid Karzai International Airport. “We are desperate,” she shouted over the noise of shots and coughing children. “I can not stand on my feet. I can not.” Another message, a moment later, pinged from … Read more