Human Stories

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

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 back in Afghanistan, she says her family are facing poverty and uncertainty as they struggle to make ends meet.

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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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