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This Afghan female fighter fought with US troops. Now, she’s readjusting to life in the US.

Conflict & Justice

Over the course of two years, Sima shares her struggle to make a life in the US in the podcast “Stranger Becomes Neighbor.” The evacuation from Afghanistan is just the beginning of a story that is still developing.

Two girls holding paper signs that say "Education is our right"

Afghan student struggles with adjusting to life in the US

Women providing services within a beauty salon

‘We are dead inside:’ Women in Afghanistan protest Taliban ban of beauty salons

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Women in Afghanistan are devastated by the Taliban’s ban on beauty salons

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After Taliban ban, women NGO workers in Afghanistan struggle to make ends meet

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Afghans who fled to the US hope that Congress will fix their status 


After Afghanistan fell to the Taliban almost two years ago in August, tens of thousands of Afghans made their way to the United States. They were allowed to stay under a program called “humanitarian parole.” But that status expires in a couple of months, and although they can renew one time, many are calling for Congress to pass the Afghan Adjustment Act, which would allow them to seek more permanent status.

US Special Envoy Rina Amiri addresses the 16th annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards virtual ceremony at the State Department, Monday, March 14, 2022, in Washington. 

US special envoy: Taliban ‘puts women’s right at peril everywhere’


With continued violations of women’s rights in Afghanistan, US Special Envoy Rina Amiri tells The World’s host Marco Werman that not normalizing the Taliban government is crucial to fighting hardline elements in the country, and for setting a precedent in other places.

A classroom that previously was used for girls sits empty in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 22, 2022.

He spoke out against banning girls’ education. The Taliban silenced him.


Ismail Mashal used to teach at two universities in Afghanistan. He ran his own education centers and was an outspoken critic of the Taliban’s ban on girls’ education. He was arrested earlier this month, along with another academic and a journalist.

Malala Yousafzai pointing at a poster advertisement of her documentary, "Stranger at the Gate."

‘There is hope’: Malala Yousafzai promotes tolerance, connection with new documentary

Conflict & Justice

Malala Yousafzai’s new Oscar-nominated documentary, “Stranger at the Gate,” features a former US marine suffering from PTSD who sets out to bomb a mosque in Indiana, but changes his life around after the community embraces him. Yousafzai joins The World’s Marco Werman to discuss the film and her own experiences.

A general view of Mes Aynak valley is seen some 25 miles southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan, March 2, 2022. Buildings on top are offices of Chinese mining company MCC that won the contract to exploit the world's second-largest copper mine.

A Chinese company strikes a deal with the Taliban to extract oil from Afghanistan


Beijing signs onto a deal with the Taliban to extract oil from the north of Afghanistan. ​Graeme Smith, a senior consultant for the International Crisis Group, discusses the implications of the agreement with The World’s host Carol Hills.