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Men wait in a line to receive cash for food at an initiative organized by the World Food Program (WFP) in Kabul, Afghanistan, in November 2021. The country is faced with harrowing predictions of growing poverty and hunger. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

More tragedy in Afghanistan is just beginning after the U.S. withdrawal

As the West contemplates how to engage with the increasingly brutal Taliban government in Afghanistan, the country’s people will suffer enormously.
Forced from their homes by fighting between the Taliban and Afghan government forces, thousands of families seek refuge in a Kabul park. Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Afghans’ lives and livelihoods upended even more as US occupation ends

When the US invaded Afghanistan in late 2001, Afghans had endured 22 years of war. The Taliban were on the rise. Little has changed after an additional 20 years of war and suffering.
Militiamen join Afghan security forces during a gathering in Kabul last month. Together, they are trying to stem the tide of the latest Taliban gains. Rahmat Gul/AP

On the brink of disaster: how decades of progress in Afghanistan could be wiped out in short order

In Afghanistan, it does not pay to be on the losing side. There is a danger that a spreading perception the Taliban are poised to take over could trigger a wave of government and army defections.
The people of Afghanistan that the author encountered live very different lives from Americans. Brian Glyn Williams

Faces of those America is leaving behind in Afghanistan

As American troops leave Afghanistan, a scholar of the country’s history and culture reexamines his photos of the nation’s people.
A patient is connected to an oxygen tank at the Afghan-Japan Communicable Disease Hospital for COVID-19 patients in Kabul, Afghanistan, in June 2020. Afghan media has reported that COVID-19 patients are dying in government hospitals due to shortages of medical oxygen. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghanistan’s COVID-19 crisis has been fuelled by armed conflict

Decades of armed conflict in Afghanistan has destroyed health-care infrastructure and the reconstruction efforts have failed to provide accessible healthcare, exacerbating the COVID-19 crisis.

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