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Dispatch from Afghanistan: Engineer Faces Forced Marriage to Taliban Member

An Afghan agricultural engineer fought for her education and her career. Now she's being forced to marry a member of the Taliban.
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‘I Went Out and Shouted for Freedom’

An Afghan college student had only heard stories about what life was like under the Taliban. Then months before graduation, "everything fell apart."
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Life of Fear Replaces Life of Dreams After Taliban Takeover

Once the breadwinner for eight people, an Afghan woman says she now feels "in prison" since the Taliban took over Afghanistan.
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Struggling to Survive: Story of a Challenging Journey

"During the days that I lived under the dark shadow of the Taliban, I felt like a bird in a cage. Like a bird with wings, but no permission to fly," Afghan journalist Zahra Joya…
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The Humiliation I Experienced Just to Escape the Taliban

Get trampled or crawl through sewage? An Afghan woman describes the "humiliating" conditions fleeing Afghans faced while trying to escape Afghanistan after the Taliban took over.
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The Day the Taliban Reached Kabul, it Turned into a Ghost City

Afghan journalist Maryam Nabavi describes feelings of hope and despair after Kabul fell to the Taliban.
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The Taliban’s Return Was the Death of Dreams

After two weeks of living under Taliban control, a youth activist decides it’s time to for her to leave Afghanistan. “This is not what our people deserve,” says Hosnia Mohseni, 30.

‘The Taliban Came and Killed My Spirit!’

A school teacher in central Afghanistan laments the loss of educational opportunities for girls and women since the Taliban took control.
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‘I Wish We Had Died Rather Than Live Through That Day’: Dispatches From the Women of Afghanistan

Ordinary Afghan women share firsthand accounts on what life is like in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.
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‘They Left Us to the Taliban’

Six Afghan women describe their feelings of fear, anger, and betrayal in the wake of America’s departure.
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What Afghanistan’s Women Stand to Lose

For the past 20 years, Afghan women were told to chase their dreams. But within days of the Taliban takeover, Afghan women are mourning their working lives and freedom.
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As the Taliban Resurges in Afghanistan, Girls Are Already Losing Schools

Girls’ education—once a signature achievement of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan—is increasingly under threat as the Taliban tightens its grip.
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‘They Came to Kill the Mothers.’ After a Devastating Attack on a Kabul Maternity Ward, Afghan Women Face Increased Dangers

An attack on a Kabul maternity ward comes at a time when the future of women’s health efforts in Afghanistan is already complicated.

In Afghanistan, Climate Change Complicates Future Prospects for Peace

Afghanistan is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change, and one of the least equipped to handle what’s to come.
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America Never Gave Afghan Women a Chance

Washington failed at the most promising path toward stability in Afghanistan: keeping the country’s women alive.

A Look Inside the First All-Female TV News Station in Afghanistan

Afghanistan's first-ever all-female TV news station there runs a lot like any station in the U.S., with one big exception: These journalists are risking their lives.

In Afghanistan, Where Breast Cancer is a Death Sentence, Women Fight to Save Lives

A pair of sisters fight to save women in Afghanistan's only oncology ward.

Dangers of Being an Afghan Woman in Uniform

Inside the expensive and complicated NATO campaign to get more women into the Afghan security forces, and keep them alive.
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