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UK should restore diplomatic presence to help Afghan women, says aid chief

Hugh Bayley says NGOs would also benefit as he releases report on impact of UK programme in AfghanistanThe UK should consider restoring its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan to support Afghan women and to help monitor the impact of British aid, a comm…

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‘Nothing compensates for the stolen years’: the Afghan women rebuilding shattered dreams in Iran

More than 1,000 days after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, women and girls are reluctantly seeking education elsewhereRelief set in the moment Hasina crossed the border into Iran. For two years, the Taliban barred the 24-year-old medical stude…

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Video appears to shows gang-rape of Afghan woman in a Taliban jail

Exclusive: Activist claims she was threatened with release of the footage in order to silence her, amid multiple reports of sexual violence inflicted upon imprisoned Afghan womenThe Guardian has seen video evidence of a female Afghan human rights activ…

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Afghan girls accuse Taliban of sexual assault after arrests for ‘bad hijab’

Reports surface days before UN summit on Afghanistan that will exclude Afghan women and debate on women’s rightsTeenage girls and young women arrested by the Taliban for wearing “bad hijab” say they have been subjected to sexual violence and assault in…

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Shutting Afghan women out of key UN conference to appease Taliban ‘a betrayal’

Group allegedly demanding Afghan participation in Doha meeting this month be limited to men and that women’s rights be excluded from the agendaExcluding Afghan women from an upcoming UN conference on Afghanistan would be a “betrayal” of women and girls…

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‘Know how loved you were’: fathers write to their children from the frontline

As many countries celebrate Father’s Day, four men share their love, fears and dreams for their children in Gaza, Ukraine, Afghanistan and Sudan Continue reading…

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‘Nobody is coming to help us’: Afghan teenage girls on life without school

Barred from school for 1,000 days, girls in Afghanistan face forced marriage, violence and isolation with no end in sightJust over three years ago, Asma’s* future contained many possibilities. Aged 15, she was at secondary school. After that lay the pr…

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Kabul: Final Call by Laurie Bristow; The Afghans by Åsne Seierstad reviews – how the west abandoned Afghanistan… and what happened next

An ex-UK envoy’s compelling account of the chaotic military withdrawal from the country is full of telling details, while Seierstad’s latest work drives home the cruel reality of women’s lives after the return of Taliban ruleIn August 2021, Britain’s l…

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‘It is worse now’: The Bookseller of Kabul author Åsne Seierstad on returning to Afghanistan 20 years on

The Norwegian writer on meeting the Taliban, her fears for girls’ education, and the legal battle that ensued after the publication of her bestselling bookThe author Åsne Seierstad’s cool, shaded garden, within walking distance from the centre of Oslo,…

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‘They are trying to eradicate us completely’: the passion and pain of telling the stories of Afghan women

Her family have been threatened and her team faces increasing risks in Afghanistan, but Zahra Joya knows she must keep reporting from exileOn the nights that she manages to fall asleep, Zahra Joya always returns to Afghanistan in her dreams. On good ni…

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Can journalism survive the Taliban? – documentary

The Etilaat Roz was once the most widely circulated newspaper in Kabul, but everything changed in August 2021 when the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan.  With journalists tortured in the street for their reporting, many of the paper’s staff wer…

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Can journalism survive the Taliban?

The Etilaat Roz was once the most widely circulated newspaper in Kabul, but everything changed in August 2021 when the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan. With journalists tortured in the street for their reporting, the paper’s staff were forced to fl…

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