A Return to the Dark

Women in Afghanistan fear what will happen when NATO troops leave:

There were no women among the eight candidates in Afghanistan’s April presidential elections, and just one — Dr. Habiba Sarobi, former governor of Bamiyan — on any of the slates (as second vice president). There were, however, two warlords running for president (and four as running mates) who are known for trampling on women’s rights.

“When you go from darkness to light you have to pass through shade,” says Sarobi. Yet many women say that things are already going backward, into the dark.

Published: May 24, 2014
Length: 15 minutes (3,804 words)

My Year With Malala

A reporter spends time with Malala Yousafzai and her family. Yousafzai became internationally recognized after she survived being shot in the head by the Taliban:

“One day in mid-April, Time magazine arrives with Malala’s face on the cover, as one of the world’s 100 most influential people. She complains she doesn’t like the photo.

“Sometimes when I go to their house I notice elaborate bouquets. When I ask where they come from, they say: ‘Oh, Angelina Jolie was over for dinner,’ or: ‘The ex-prime minister of Norway dropped in for tea.’ The family visits London and is taken to see Boris Johnson. He leaves Malala slightly baffled. ‘He just kept saying, “What’s it all about?” ’ she says. In the paper we read she is favourite for the Nobel Peace Prize. My son is astonished. ‘How can she win?’ he asks. ‘She’s always fighting with her brother!'”

Published: Oct 17, 2013
Length: 16 minutes (4,043 words)

Karzai’s Paranoid World

As Afghanistan’s president is inaugurated for his second term, author Christina Lamb, his former neighbor, on his transformation from an affable bon vivant to a paranoid shut-in.

Source: The Daily Beast
Published: Nov 18, 2009
Length: 32 minutes (8,066 words)