‘Total betrayal’: Afghan interpreters shocked as New Zealand ends Kabul evacuation | Afghanistan

[ad_1] Afghan interpreters left behind after New Zealand ceased its mercy flights are shocked and terrified at being stranded, saying it is a “total betrayal” by the New Zealand government. The Guardian spoke to an Afghan interpreter, Ali* who was approved for a resettlement visa in New Zealand due to fears of reprisal from the … Read more

Taliban leader reaches out to West, promises rights for Afghan women

Taliban leader reaches out to West, promises rights for Afghan women

[ad_1] KABUL — The political leader of the Taliban has outlined his vision for Afghanistan, one in which women and religious minorities will be given rights in accordance with the movement’s interpretation of Islamic law, and where terror groups will not be given safe haven to carry out attacks abroad. In a rare interview, Abdul … Read more

Airbnb says it will temporarily house 20,000 Afghan refugees

Airbnb says it will temporarily house 20,000 Afghan refugees

[ad_1] Airbnb and Airbnb.org announced on Tuesday that they will temporarily house 20,000 Afghan refugees for free. The effort, an evolution of the home renting platform’s “Frontline stays” program for housing first responders, is in response to the refugee crisis caused by the US military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s takeover of the country. … Read more

As Afghan airlift accelerates, evacuees say they are facing ‘nightmare’ conditions in transit limbo

As Afghan airlift accelerates, evacuees say they are facing 'nightmare' conditions in transit limbo

[ad_1] KABUL, Afghanistan — As thousands more people were evacuated from Kabul’s airport Wednesday, reports have emerged that dire conditions await them in transit hubs like Qatar. A “nightmare,” said Sara Frotan, 14, who was airlifted with her family to the al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar’s capital, Doha. “There were not a lot of bathrooms, … Read more

Afghan female robotics team defiant after fleeing Taliban to Qatar

Afghan female robotics team defiant after fleeing Taliban to Qatar

[ad_1] DOHA, Qatar — They are known as Afghanistan’s “robot girls.” The 10 high schoolers from Afghanistan’s western city of Herat are members of a team that has made international headlines for several years for its work developing and building robots. The team became a symbol of progress in modern Afghanistan, taking part in competitions … Read more

‘Don’t avert your eyes’: Afghan teachers urge world to defend girls’ education | Women’s rights and gender equality

[ad_1] Afghanistan’s only boarding school for girls has temporarily relocated to Rwanda, its co-founder has said, just days after a video of her burning class records to avoid Taliban recriminations was widely shared on social media. Shabana Basij-Rasikh, who escaped Kabul with 250 students and staff, urged the world to “not avert your eyes” from … Read more

U.S. veterans mobilize to rescue Afghan interpreters from the Taliban

U.S. veterans mobilize to rescue Afghan interpreters from the Taliban

[ad_1] The distress call came in over WhatsApp the same day that Kabul fell to the Taliban. “’Gunny,’” the voice from far away said, according to the recently retired Marine who received the call Aug. 15. “I need help. The Taliban are trying to hunt me.” The caller was an Afghan who served as an … Read more

The UK government must do everything it can to help Afghan women | Women for Women International, Gender Action for Peace and Security, and more

[ad_1] With the Taliban now in full control of Afghanistan, women in the country face particular risk to their lives. As women’s rights and civil society organisations, we have been in touch with a number who have already received death threats. Some have the Taliban at their doors already. There is a particular risk to … Read more

I am an Afghan woman working for a western NGO in Kabul. I feel forgotten | Anonymous

[ad_1] I am an Afghan woman in my 20s, living in Kabul. I have five sisters. My oldest sister completed elementary school. The second one is a midwife, and my third sister is doing her PhD. My younger sister is a film-maker. And my youngest sister, she is a high school student and a member … Read more

Biden to stick to Aug. 31 Afghan withdrawal deadline as U.S. speeds evacuations

Biden to stick to Aug. 31 Afghan withdrawal deadline as U.S. speeds evacuations

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden intends to stick to the current Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, leaving a narrow timeline to finish evacuating Americans and Afghan allies, according to multiple senior administration officials. There is a contingency plan in place to stay longer if the mission requires it, the sources told … Read more