Human Stories

Original interviews with Afghans on how their lives have changed since the Taliban takeover

Rahima

The owner of a Kabul beauty salon says her business is facing increasing uncertainty.

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Morwarid

Facing restrictions and economic insecurity, a young entrepreneur tries to keep her business afloat.

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Sakhi

We catch up with Sakhi, who we last spoke to in January. After leaving Afghanistan, he explains the new challenges he faces in Pakistan.

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Malalai

Despite the challenges Afghanistan faces, Pen Path volunteer Malalai refuses to let anything get in the way of her campaigning for educational rights.

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Aqlima

Until last August, Aqlima was campaigning to get more women into cycling, but since the Taliban’s return, women are unable to participate in sports.

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Rangina

A poet explains how restrictions have impacted her work, and how she is determined to keep writing to guide younger generations.

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Shabana

As a Hazara woman in Afghanistan, the challenges facing Shabana are two-fold.

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Shoaib

A former Interior Ministry officer stuck in limbo

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Hora

An AUAF graduate shares her struggle to be evacuated.

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Maliha

A lawyer and women's rights activist mourns for the country she has left

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Qamar

A school teacher reveals how the Taliban’s U-turn on girls’ schools has affected her and her pupils

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Marina

A woman shares her pain of being deprived of work and education

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