Afghanotes is the testimony of an Afghan journalist during the first days under the Taliban control. In a matter of weeks, as the United States began withdrawing its troops after 20 years of war, all crumbled. The Taliban seized Kabul, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled to the United Arab Emirates, desperate crowds of people tried to flee the country, and those who stayed, especially women, fear for their future. What’s next?
How I Left Afghanistan, My Beloved Land, with a Little Suitcase
Afghan photographer Fatimah Hossaini, who has until now covered Afghanistan and Iran for Outriders, captured with her camera her last days in the country since the Taliban seized Kabul and she managed to flee.Read more
On September 3rd and 4th, a number of women from Kabul marched towards one of the city’s main squares to raise their voices to the world and the Taliban.
These Afghan women say they want to have the right to decide their destiny, the right to education, employment.Read more
KABUL – Afghanistan. It is Monday, September 6th, 2021. A group of children are playing in Taliban-controlled Kabul. A boy sells coloured balloons just in the middle of traffic, motorcycles and cars. Children are the ones who have paid the heaviest price of conflict, and UNESCO fears that they, along with women, will suffer the most under the Taliban rule.Read more
Fearing Punishment from the Taliban, Now People Avoid Having Certain Books .
KABUL, Afghanistan – Among the hundreds of books on the shelves of the most famous book market in Kabul is Barack Obama’s latest book, ‘A Promised Land.’
More than 15 widely-read publishers and booksellers operated in this market before the fall of Kabul.Read more
“One of Them Put His Foot on my Head”
One month after the Taliban seized Afghanistan, girls have not returned to high schools. In this private university, the classrooms have been divided by curtains.Read More
KABUL, Afghanistan – Hamid Javani is a 20-year-old barber who runs a hair salon in Kabul. While cutting a client’s hair with his electric razor, this barber explains that now he has “very few customers.”
The prohibition of shaving was one of the norms of the strict dress code of the previous Taliban government. They based this prohibition on the belief that Islam’s prophet Mohammed used to wear a beard.Read more
“I can hardly have enough money for day to day expenses, let alone for winter,” says a man who used to work as a welder. The economy in Afghanistan was aid-dependent, and after the Taliban takeover, the prices have skyrocketed.Read more
This Kabul’s flea market has been packed since the arrival of the Taliban. People are selling their belongings on the street to buy food or go abroad. We talked with a man who had bought all the furniture of a household for 850 euros.Read more
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