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Human Stories

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

Frozan

After the closure of girls’ secondary schools and then an attack on her education centre, a student says her hopes have been dashed by the Taliban’s recent university ban for women.

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Parnian

A student recalls the day the Taliban closed universities to women.

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Fatana

A doctor says that many of her new patients are schoolgirls who have lost hope.

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Arseen

An LGBTQ activist fled Afghanistan after receiving death threats from the Taliban. Now in Iran, he faces uncertainty over his future.

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Maihan

While studying for a PhD in Pakistan, university lecturer Maihan had her income cut-off by the Taliban. Now she faces poverty in Afghanistan.

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Rahima

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

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Morwarid

A young entrepreneur struggles to keep her business afloat amid Taliban restrictions.

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Sakhi

After leaving Afghanistan, Sakhi faces new challenges in Pakistan.

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Malalai

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

The poet says that despite restrictions, 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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