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Our Mission

Afghan Witness is a project to independently collect, preserve and verify information on the human rights, security and political situation in Afghanistan. We aim to strengthen the information landscape and provide a reliable source of information for international organisations, policymakers and the media, and to raise awareness of the reality of everyday life for Afghans living in the country.

Learn more about our methodology here.

Our Motivation

Since the Taliban’s takeover, journalists and organisations seeking transparency and accountability have faced increased challenges when attempting to understand and report on human rights issues in Afghanistan. While social media has proven essential for disseminating content and news, misinformation is widespread, and visibility of events in the country remains limited. 


Using open source (OSINT) techniques, the Afghan Witness project aims to increase access to reliable information and detailed analysis of the situation in the country.

Who we are

The Afghan Witness team is made up of both Afghan and international researchers, analysts, journalists and international experts. We keep most of the team’s identity confidential for safety reasons. The project is coordinated by the Centre for Information Resilience (CIR), a UK-based non-profit organisation with expertise in open source analysis and investigations.

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