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Hameed Farzad

'May Allah remove the virus': Pandemic a grim addition to Afghanistan's woes

15 May 2020

KABUL/ISLAMABAD Delkhah Sultani scrubs laundry outside her home in Kabul as her young daughter watches on. She says she once got paid around $3 a day to wash clothes for other households but since the coronavirus outbreak hit, work has dropped and she now earns $1 every few days to support her and her four children.

Solar-powered food carts converted to virus disinfection vehicles in Kabul

24 Apr 2020

KABUL Just a few weeks ago, Marzia Sikandar served burgers and rice from her solar-powered mobile cart in Kabul, but now, wearing a protective suit, she distributes masks and offers free soap and water in the Afghan capital to combat the coronavirus outbreak. | Video

'Even men now cheer me on': Kabul women sell burgers in solar-powered foodcarts

09 Mar 2020

KABUL On a sunny weekend in Kabul, 30-year-old Maryam Mohammdi drives a solar-powered rickshaw around a city suburb, selling burgers to hungry customers as part of a business that is employing dozens of women in a traditionally male-dominated profession. | Video

Teenage Afghan guitar player eyes Taliban peace deal with trepidation

28 Feb 2020

KABUL Like many young Afghans, 13-year-old music student Sara Habib is nervous about an agreement between the Taliban and the United States due to be signed in Doha on Saturday, which would include pulling U.S. troops out of the country after 18 years.

Teenage Afghan guitar player eyes Taliban peace deal with trepidation

28 Feb 2020

KABUL Like many young Afghans, 13-year-old music student Sara Habib is nervous about an agreement between the Taliban and the United States due to be signed in Doha on Saturday, which would include pulling U.S. troops out of the country after 18 years.

Afghan wheelchair basketball captain hopes peace gives team a shot at Paralympics

26 Feb 2020

KABUL One of thousands of Afghans badly injured during years of conflict, Nilofar Bayat hopes for peace so that her wheelchair basketball team can take part in the Paralympics but fears a return to power by the Taliban could quash her dreams.

Afghan museum restores Buddhist history, one broken piece at a time

14 Oct 2019

KABUL Restoring Afghanistan's Buddhist artifacts that were destroyed by the Taliban 18 years ago is like working on a 1,500-year-old jigsaw puzzle, say conservators working on the latest restoration project.

Afghan president renews calls for peace, demands ceasefire

09 Sep 2019

KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani made a renewed call for peace on Monday but insisted the Taliban must observe a ceasefire, as he sought to regain a hold on the peace process following the surprise collapse of talks between the United States and the militants.

Afghan president urges new lawmakers to participate in peace process

26 Apr 2019

KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani encouraged newly-elected lawmakers to participate in the peace process with the Taliban as he opened on Friday the first session of parliament since a controversial election.

'A hunter's hope' - Snaring birds in warring Afghanistan

15 Apr 2019

BAGRAM, Afghanistan As the early morning light breaks over the plain north of Kabul, bird hunter Jan Agha checks his snares as he has done for the past 30 years, hoping to catch a crane, using a tethered bird to lure others down to the nets. | Video

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