Afghanistan

1 Meet The Real People Of Afghanistan (2014)

24 aug. 2016

Stories Told By The Wind: Meet the people of today’s Afghanistan. In a country that has been ravaged by three decades of war, this investigative report explores the daily lives of a population trying to move forward with their lives.
 
Afghanistan is trying to recover from a lifetime’s worth of strife and thanks to international aid efforts life is slowly beginning to change. Mountain villages have benefited from reservoirs whilst children of Kabul are increasingly attending schools. “For them, going to school is like being in a different world, a world where they simply are children.” Yet problems remain. Many families in Kabul rely on their children to work. “If you are poor, this job is all you get”, says 12 year old Navid, who works as a porter. A bright future for Afghanistan seems possible but it is in jeopardy without a comprehensive aid strategy, sound governance and financing.
 
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2 A Brief History of Afghanistan: SFU Continuing Studies lecture

12 mei 2012

In the “Great Game” as played by Britain and Russia for supremacy in modern Asia, Afghanistan was a vital prize at the crossroads of China, South Asia, and Central Asia. 
 
This presentation, which took place at SFU’s Vancouver campus in September 2010, tackled the complex story of today’s Afghanistan, in all its diversity of culture, ethnicity, and religion, before asking what the stakes have been since the rise of the Taliban. We attempted to “de-exoticize” such issues as the role of religion and the status of women—and expose the ways in which the challenges for Afghans, as well as Canadians, are, in fact, shared by transitional societies elsewhere. 
 
Eva Sajoo, the speaker, has a master’s degree in international development and education, and is a member of the Vancouver Chapter of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. This forum was sponsored by the SFU Seniors Program and SFU Seniors Lifelong Learner’s Society. To learn more about liberal arts courses and events at SFU Continuing Studies, visit www.sfu.ca/liberal-arts
 

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3 Unholy War: Into Afghanistan (Afghanistan Documentary) | Real Stories

3 jan. 2018

An edition of the investigative documentary series, Dispatches. Six months after going undercover in Afghanistan to make the acclaimed film Beneath The Veil, Dispatches reporter, Saira Shah, returns to the land of her father to report on the fate of ordinary Afghans and investigates what drives the foot soldiers of the Taliban and Al Queda. In an epic journey that takes her through the mountain passes into the villages below, Saira meets people caught between the Taliban and the Northern Alliance and gains a unique insight into life at the centre of ‘the first war of the 21st century’. Saira also reveals the mindset of the Taliban, their infatuation with the hardware of battle and their admiration for the suicidal courage of the Arabs who entered their country to join Bin Laden. Part of the War Without End series.
 

🇦🇫 Afghanistan | Crystal Dreams | 101 East

9 aug. 2013

Afghanistan: Crystal Dreams

Over the past four decades, Afghanistan has been in an almost constant state of warfare or internal conflict – enduring Soviet occupation, the rule of the Taliban and a Western-backed authority.

As leaderships and ideologies have changed, loyalties also have fragmented.

But in the remote Jegdaleki region in the Hindu Kush mountains, life for one group of people has continued largely undisturbed.

For generations these tough, resilient villagers have risked life and limb, to mine deep into the barren earth in pursuit of prized red rubies.

These jewels are then illicitly traded across the border to Peshawar, Pakistan, to be cut and polished. From there, they are sold all over the world, adorning royalty and the wealthy.

But as foreign troops withdraw and the Taliban’s presence spreads, Jegdalek’s ruby miners are drawing attention.

Generations of men have lived and died for the wealth buried in the jagged mountains of Sappar, Afghanistan, chasing crystal dreams with dynamite and pick axes.

With the country almost entirely dependent on foreign aid, the precious rubies have become a potential windfall for the government but most of the gems are smuggled out to Pakistan to be processed and sold abroad.

Forces within the country, lured by the temptation of wealth, have begun to compete for control of the mines.

Attempts have been made by the central government to harness the mining of the rubies and other interested parties are not far behind them.

101 East examines the lives of Afghanistan’s ruby miners and the lure of the red crystals as the country approaches an uncertain and turbulent future.

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5 Life Behind The Burqa In Afghanistan

9 sep. 2016

You can find more of Paula Bronstein’s photography in her book ‘Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear’.

Afghanistan is often depicted as a Middle Eastern country that requires women to wear burqas in public, but the real story here is actually much more complicated than that. Photojournalist Paula Bronstein spent 15 years documenting life in Afghanistan, and tells Seeker Stories how women are finding their voice.

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6 Women in Afghanistan

16 jun. 2011

(Warning: Graphic content) Susan Ormiston looks at life in Afghanistan today through the eyes of two women who have seen some change, but wonder whether it’s enough.
 

7 Afghan women concerned about resurgent Taliban

8 mrt. 2020

Uncertainty surrounding upcoming talks between Afghanistan’s government and the Taliban is raising fears of a collapse of law and order as foreign troops withdraw. Women’s rights groups, in particular, are worried what will happen if the Taliban regains power. Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel Hamid reports from Kabul.
 

8 Afghanistan: No Country for Women | 101 East

3 jul. 2015

Thirteen years after the fall of the Taliban, women in Afghanistan continue to suffer oppression and abuse.

Research by Global Rights estimates that almost nine out of 10 Afghan women face physical, sexual or psychological violence, or are forced into marriage.

In the majority of cases the abuse is committed by the people they love and trust the most – their families.

While shelters are trying to provide protection and legal help to some, many women return to abusive homes because there is no alternative. Unable to escape their circumstances, some are turning to drastic measures like self-immolation to end their suffering.

Has enough progress been made on women’s rights in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban? Share your thoughts with us @AJ101East.

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9 Afghanistan: Cut From Different Cloth – Burqas and Beliefs

18 aug. 2015

Cut from Different Cloth: Burqas & Beliefs (2005)

In 2005 filmmakers Olga Shalygin and Cliff Orloff returned to Afghanistan’s northern city of Mazar-I-Sharif for the third time since the fall of the Taliban in 2002.

Despite a growing network of Afghan friends and colleagues from their two prior visits, they had been restricted in their ability to meet freely with Afghan women.

The all-covering burqa, the high-walled living compounds and cultural restrictions on women limited their access. Olga, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, was puzzled why virtually all the Afghan women she saw still wore the burqa…even though security had greatly improved and a new constitution was adopted that granted women equal rights with men.

Through Serena, a 27-year-old American woman, who is living with an Afghan family and their 27-year-old daughter Hasina, we are taken inside the walls that separate women from men. Serena becomes the eyes and ears of the filmmakers.

Together, Serena, Hasina and Olga set out on a journey to learn what it means to be a woman in today’s Afghanistan. As their journey progresses, Serena’s desire to respect Afghan culture and tradition comes into conflict with her belief in universal rights for women. From interviewing child brides to women in prison, Serena comes to understand the risks Hasina and other Afghan women take to assert their rights.

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10 🇦🇫 The Girls of the Taliban | Featured Documentary

19 dec. 2014

An insight into a girls’ school in Afghanistan which imposes an even stricter interpretation of Islam than the Taliban.

Filmmakers: Najibullah Quraishi and Jamie Doran

Kunduz in northern Afghanistan is the country’s fifth largest city and home to more than 300,000 people.

It’s fine to go to madrasa to learn about sharia,
the Quran and Islam. But beyond that, they keep girls in total darkness like the blind. They keep them illiterate.

Zargul Azimi, teacher

It was once a Taliban stronghold where women were deprived of their basic rights and education for girls was prohibited.

Today, particularly in towns and cities, women can go outside without their husbands or fathers, they can work, and girls can attend school and even university.

But with a new wave of privately run madrasas – or religious schools – being opened across the country, there is a growing feeling among women’s rights groups that these freedoms are again under threat.

There are now 1,300 unregistered madrasas in Afghanistan, where children are given only religious teaching.

This is increasing fears among those involved in mainstream education.

Arguably the most controversial of these madrasas is Ashraf-ul Madares in Kunduz, founded by two local senior clerics, where 6,000 girls study full time.

The girls attend the madrasa solely to study the Quran and the teachings of the prophet Mohammed. They are taught by male teachers, who they are forbidden from meeting face-to-face, and full hijab must be worn.

In The Girls of the Taliban, our cameras gain unprecedented access to film inside this madrasa, to meet with the girls and their families and to question the men behind it.

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11 Sosan’s Story: Domestic Violence in Afghanistan

26 aug. 2009

United Nations, New York, August 2009 – 21st Century (show 33) – Eight years after the fall of the Taliban, targeted violence against women in Afghanistan is back at an alarming level. Women of all ages are enduring brutal physical and sexual abuse in their own homes. A few lucky ones find their way to one of only six shelters in the country. We visited one of them.
 

12 Abused in Silence – Domestic Violence | Full Documentary – HD

23 jul. 2014

Why does domestic violence occur? What are the stages of abuse? Why is it so difficult for a woman to leave? Abused in silence is a documentary following the true story of a young woman suffering the turbulence of an abusive relationship. We also speak to counsellors to help us understand this grave issue.
 

13 Afghanistan life

11 jan. 2009

 

14 Assignment Asia: Life for Afghan returnees

26 jun. 2017

Since Pakistan closed down refugee camps in 2016, hundreds of thousands of Afghans have crossed the border back into their homeland. Far from a joyful homecoming, it was a plunge into uncertainty for many of them. Catherine James met some Afghan returnees from Pakistan as they prepared to rebuild their lives in a country mired in conflict and poverty.
 

15 Al Qaeda’s Fight In Afghanistan (2011)

7 sep. 2016

Fighting For Bin Laden (2011): With exclusive access, award-winning Afghan journalist and filmmaker Najibullah Quraishi returns to Afghanistan to find out if al Qaeda have regrouped and pose a renewed and credible threat to coalition forces.
 
A few weeks before the death of Osama bin Laden, senior US military officials claimed that al Qaeda had been almost completely eradicated in Afghanistan. Rumours on the ground in Kabul however, suggest a different story. With exclusive access, Najibullah Quraishi embeds with suspected al Qaeda fighters deep in the remote northern territories to establish whether or not they have the potential to renew their threat to coalition forces. Travelling with them on patrols, Najibullah finds a growing presence of fighters, which is significantly larger than conservative US estimates. Before long, his persistent questions and probing camera become less and less welcome and after the execution of a local man, Najibullah is himself threatened. “I thought if I stay for another two months I won’t be alive”.
 
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16 Life under Taliban in Afghanistan – BBC News

8 jun. 2017

The BBC has been given rare access to see life under the Afghan Taliban in Helmand province.
 

17 MISSION AFGHANISTAN | Documentary Film

2 mei 2013

There is fear and desperation in their empty eyes. They have no livelihood and no work; and their growing children receive no education. Their daughters do not have much hope of finding suitable matches; and they are not certain where the next meal would come from. Many women and children live in Gurdwaré, Sikh place of worship relying on free kitchen

And so, a young adventurous Afghan Sikh, Pritpal Singh, who had left Afghanistan 2 decades ago, set out from the UK to document the suffering of fellow Afghan Sikhs and Hindus communities in Afghanistan. The film “MISSION AFGHANISTAN” portrays the life and hardships of minorities in War-torn Afghanistan.”

Those who could afford it, left the country. Those left behind have hardly any means of support. They have no present and no future.

These are Sikh women with children, widows and families left behind in a war-riven Afghanistan. Together with the Hindu community, their numbers are dwindling, as they live from day to day in many towns in Afghanistan. The situation of women is made worse because this is a conservative country where women are confined to walled enclosures and cannot go out to work.

Even Gurdwaré of great historical significance are in a state neglect and disrepair.

The country has been torn apart by war for decades and peace is not in sight when the Americans, British and other foreign (NATO- ISAF) troops leave. For minorities like the Sikhs and Hindus, the situation is quite hopeless. As a Sikh lady points out in the documentary, they cannot just depend on short term handouts by generous Sikhs from abroad.

The need is for sustained support projects which set up schools and also provide work for the poorer Sikhs in Afghanistan. Much can be done by the more prosperous business Afghan Sikhs who are doing well in Sikh diaspora countries like the UK, Germany, India, UAE & US.

Pritpal had only a very limited budget. The main advantage of this low budget but professionally produced documentary was that, with one local cameraman, and dressed as an Afghan fluent in Farsi & Hindko, Pritpal was able to merge and mix with communities, and keep a low profile in a highly dangerous environment. Travelling on mined countryside roads, strewn with destroyed army vehicles, he was able to film remote places and intermingle with communities in a war zone. This is a country where tourists make attractive targets for hostage-taking by terrorists, and filming crews have to travel with convoys.

Pritpal returned from this dangerous mission with, in his words, “The treasure of well over 1500 photographs and films of key historical Gurdwaré, Mandir & Mosques of Afghanistan – something which has never been done in past!”

He travelled to Kabul, Jalalabad, Sorkhrod, Agha Sarai, Charikar, Salang and Ghazni.

Truly, his mission to bring out the truth about the desperate condition of his fellow Sikhs in a country where their forefathers lived for thousands of years, is a remarkable achievement. He loves his country of birth and is concerned that “if they migrate to other countries, our history and our historical sites will vanish”.

It is a highly informative journalistic documentary. In Hindko, English, Farsi, Panjabi & Pashto with English subtitles.

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18 The People Of Afghanistan (Demography)

18 dec. 2013

Due to limited time and resources, i couldn’t include all ethnic groups of Afghanistan in this video, but i tried to include major tribes like, Pashtun, Tajik / Persian, Hazara, Uzbek, Kazakh, Turkmen, Baloch and other small tribes/groups of Afghan nation. The order is sorted by the tribe with majority of population first. If you want to reupload it then please include a link to my channel. Feel free to Like and share it across your social networks…
 
PS: Sorry for the epic music, i couldn’t come up with something better.
 

19 Fortunate Street Children of Afghanistan – Documentary

7 jan. 2017

About the afghan children who work on the streets but want to go to school.
 
THANKS TO:
CISU – Civil Society in Development http://www.cisu.dk/home
 
FROM STREET TO SCHOOL
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20 CIA-Backed Afghan Death Squads Massacred Children Inside Religious Schools in Campaign of Terror

18 dec. 2020

A shocking exposé in The Intercept reveals CIA-backed death squads in Afghanistan have killed children as young as 8 years old in a series of night raids, many targeting madrassas, Islamic religious schools. In December 2018, one of the death squads attacked a madrassa in Wardak province, killing 12 boys, of whom the youngest was 9 years old. The United States played key roles in many of the raids, from picking targets to ferrying Afghan forces to the sites to providing lethal airpower during the raids. The Intercept reports this was part of a campaign of terror orchestrated by the Trump administration that included massacres, executions, mutilation, forced disappearances, attacks on medical facilities, and airstrikes targeting structures known to house civilians. “These militias … were established in the very early days of the Afghan War by CIA officers, many of whom had been brought back into the fold after the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001 who had previously been working in Afghanistan during the 1980s,” says reporter Andrew Quilty. “This network of militias was set up and appear to be entirely under the control of the CIA but made up entirely of Afghan soldiers.”
 

21 Just For Laughs: Gags – Hanging

18 nov. 2015