Women in Afghanistan: the back story
"In the last three decades, the country has been occupied by communist Soviet troops and US-led international forces, and in the years in between has been ruled by militant groups and the infamous oppressive Islamic Taliban."
|Afghanistan 1984 and 2002|
Sharbat Gula (born ca. 1972), also known as Sharbat Bibi, is an Afghan woman. Gula's parents were killed during the Soviet Union's bombing of Afghanistan when she was around six years old. Along with her grandmother, brother, and three sisters, she walked across the mountains to Pakistan and ended up in the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in Pakistan. Gula was one of the students in an informal school in the camp in 1984.
A Life Revealed
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Shaima Rezayee (* 1981 – † May 18, 2005) was a female TV presenter on the Afghan music television channel, Tolo TV. On 18 May 2005, Rezayee was shot dead at her home in Char Qala, a neighbourhood of Kabul.
Safia Ahmed-jan (alternative published English transliterations: Safia Ahmed Jan, Safia Ama Jan, Safia Amajan) (* 1941 – † 25 September 2006) was an Afghan women's rights advocate and an outspoken critic of the Taliban for the latter's suppression of women. She was killed in front of her home in the provincial capital, Kandahar, by two men on a motorcycle.
Malalai Kakar (Pashto: ملالی کاکر; * 1967 - † 28 September 2008) was the most high-profile policewoman in Afghanistan after the ousting of the Taliban in 2001. Kakar, who received numerous death threats, was assassinated by the Taliban on September 28, 2008.
Sitara Achakzai (also transliterated Achaksai) (* 1956/1957 in Afghanistan – † 12. April 2009 in Kandahar) was a leading Afghan women's rights activist and a member of the regional parliament in Kandahar. She was assassinated by the Taliban.
Sushmita Banerjee, also known as Sushmita Bandhopadhyay and Sayeda Kamala (* 1963/1964 Calcutta/Kolkata, India – † 4/5 September 2013 Paktika Province, Afghanistan), was a writer and activist from India. At the age of 49, she was killed by suspected Taliban militants.
Anja Niedringhaus (* 12. Oktober 1965 in Höxter; † 4. April 2014 in Banda Khel) war eine deutsche Fotojournalistin, die aus Kriegsgebieten in Jugoslawien, Palästina, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Libyen und Irak in einzelnen Fotos komplexe Geschichten erzählte. Sie wurde mit mehreren Preisen ausgezeichnet. 2014 wurde sie einen Tag vor der Präsidentschaftswahl in Afghanistan erschossen.
Geliebtes Afghanistan - Ausstellung mit Fotografien von Anja Niedringhaus
Horia Mosadiq is an Afghan human rights activist, political analyst and journalist. She has faced personal threats for her work as an activist and journalist. Mosadiq currently works for Amnesty International.