“Fragments of a Hidden Life” is the first group exhibition to portray the everyday activities of women in Kabul and other central regions of Afghanistan.

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For the past year, ever since European countries began opening their borders to immigrants, Afghans have been fleeing in large numbers. They set out for Europe in search of peace and a better life, but they have a very poor understanding of the dangers that await them.

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Women in Afghanistan have no sense of self-worth. This comes from being brought up in an environment where they are constantly humiliated, where they cannot stand up for themselves or make their own decisions.

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Among the protesters I saw a lot of ethnic groups. Beside the Hazaras, I saw Pashtuns, Tajiks, Uzbeks, Pashai, and Hindus among the crowd. It was encouraging and heartening. It became even more encouraging when, the day after the Kabul protest, the people of Herat, Jalalabad, Mazar-e-Sharif, Bamyan, and Daikundi protested too.

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Ahmad was a student in the philosophy department of Kabul University. He was living with his family in Kabul, but, as his mother tells it, he always wanted to leave. He thought he could make a better life outside the country.

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Two Afghan children were killed last week and another 62 migrants were injured, victims of their desperate attempt to flee their homeland for Europe.

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The children’s anthem was commissioned by Save the Children, endorsed and published by the Ministry of Education, recorded by TOLO TV, and written by ANIM. The words are by Dr. Sami Hamed, one of Afghanistan’s most famous living poets.

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The crowd, according to some estimates, numbered more than 20,000. Some chanted ”justice!” while others, less peaceably inclined, shouted “Death to the Taliban!” “Death to Da’esh!” or even “Death to the government!”

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Increasing numbers of Afghans are fleeing the deteriorating economy, lack of security and political turmoil in their country, paying people smugglers to get them to Europe. The path is a long and dangerous one, involving arduous treks through border regions, where they are often caught and sent back to Afghanistan.

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Fed up with the lack of response to their sit-in in front of Parliament, unemployed graduates staged a demonstration in front of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs Martyrs and Disabled on November 1.

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Zarnegar Park, Pul-e_Kheshti mosque and the streets of Kabul are now living spaces for those displaced from Kunduz. The fall of Kunduz was a shock for Afghans. The Taliban attack forced them out of their houses to seek protection in other provinces like Kabul, Takhar, Baghlan, Badakhshan and Balkh.

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Two weeks ago, the Taliban attacked Kunduz City, and with a small but fierce force drove out the Afghan security forces and raised their flag over the central square. The city is now back under government control, but enormous damage was done. Thousands of residents were displaced, and many others had their homes destroyed. Now those people are in Kabul, Balkh, Takhar and other provinces, trying to survive.

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Milad and Mehrdad were sophomores at a private Kabul high school. Like many young Afghans, they were excited when German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that her country would throw open its doors to asylum seekers. They planned to be among the 800,000 refugees that Germany has said it will accept this year. But after paying a […]

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What’s in a name? Quite a lot, it seems.  The entire project to issue electronic national identity cards in Afghanistan is in jeopardy over  the right — or perhaps the obligation —  to be called “Afghan.” Over the past week, the Ministry of the Interior summarily suspended and then reinstated the project, citing lack of […]

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The image has haunted millions: a toddler in blue shorts and a red T-shirt, face down on the shore, tiny hands curled at his side. Little Aylan Kurdi has become a powerful symbol for those fleeing war, poverty, oppression. Now he is here, in Kabul, on a wall facing busy Darulaman Road. Faiqa Sultani, a […]

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Over the past few days customers of all of Afghanistan’s telecommunications companies have been receiving mysterious messages on their cellphones.

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It’s been nearly two weeks since a group of more than 40 recent university graduates began a protest in front of the Afghan Parliament. Their demand is simple: “We want jobs.”

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The Taliban are developing their own “hearts and minds” strategy

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Impassion Afghanistan has opened registration for its flagship event – the Afghan Social Media Summit (ASMS). This annual technology conference, now in its third year, covers current trends, best practices and issues in the fast-growing social media space of Afghanistan. In past years, the three-day event has attracted an extensive line-up of industry experts and […]

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This Silk Road festival, like its predecessors, was full of song and dance, along with handicrafts, local food festivals, a SAARC art display, a film festival, and local games and concerts in nearby Band-e-Amir.

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