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 opium business strikes, while the Taliban look the other way

TALUKAN, Afghanistan – Afghanistan’s opium industry – the main source of heroin sold in the West – is up and running again. Here in the Talukan, dozens of merchants are openly trading different grades of opium in a busy new market that has emerged since the Taliban’s victory on 15 August. Plastic bags filled with … Read more

Afghanistan’s opium business strikes, while the Taliban look the other way

TALUKAN, Afghanistan – Afghanistan’s opium industry – the main source of heroin sold in the West – is up and running again. Here in the Talukan, dozens of merchants are openly trading different grades of opium in a busy new market that has emerged since the Taliban’s victory on 15 August. Plastic bags filled with … 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

While Afghanistan is sinking in distress, some children are selling to survive

HERAT, Afghanistan – Desperate to feed her family, Saleha, a cleaning assistant here in western Afghanistan, has incurred such insurmountable debt that the only way she can find out is to extradite her 3-year-old daughter, Najiba , to the man who lent her the money. The debt is $ 550. .