The Taliban requires that all mannequins' heads be covered or cut off. Interviews with locals and eerie photos of storefronts offer a glimpse of Afghanistan's new reality.
Shop owners in Afghanistan were forced to decapitate their mannequins or remove them all together. They pleaded to veil their faces instead.news.yahoo.com
UN: Taliban ban on women aid workers is potential death blow
The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Monday that the Taliban's ban on women aid workers in Afghanistan is “a potential death blow” to many important humanitarian programs. If the Taliban don’t make exceptions to their edict “this would be catastrophic,” Martin Griffiths said at a news conference.news.yahoo.com
Taliban warn women can't take entry exams at universities
The Taliban on Saturday doubled down on their ban on women's education, reinforcing in a message to private universities that Afghan women are barred from taking university entry exams, according to a spokesman. The note comes despite weeks of condemnation and lobbying by the international community for a reversal on measures restricting women's freedoms, including two back-to-back visits this month by several senior U.N. officials. It also bodes ill for hopes that the Taliban could take steps to reverse their edicts anytime soon.news.yahoo.com
Kabul's mannequins, hooded and masked under Taliban rules
Under the Taliban, the mannequins in women’s dress shops across the Afghan capital of Kabul are a haunting sight, their heads cloaked in cloth sacks or wrapped in black plastic bags. The hooded mannequins are one symbol of the Taliban’s puritanical rule over Afghanistan. Initially, the Taliban wanted the mannequins to be outright beheaded.news.yahoo.com
Afghan rulers urged to reverse ban on women aid workers
The vast majority of U.N. Security Council members are urging Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to immediately reverse all “oppressive” restrictions on girls and women including the latest ban on woman working for humanitarian organizations which is exacerbating the already critical humanitarian crisis in the country.
'Afghanistan’s Bruce Lee’ recalls hardship after Taliban retook power
Abbas Alizada, known online as "Afghanistan’s Bruce Lee” for his uncanny resemblance to the late legendary martial artist, recently recalled his troubling experience after the Taliban retook control of his country in 2021. Speaking to The Star, Alizada, 29, shared the hardships he had to endure after Afghanistan fell to the Taliban in August 2021 and the subsequent departure of the United States government following a 20-year occupation. As a martial artist, online star and a member of the Taliban-persecuted Hazara ethnic group, Alizada said the Taliban’s control of the country forced him to go into hiding for more than a year.news.yahoo.com
Harry's new memoir draws anger and protests in Afghanistan
Protesters in southern Afghanistan on Sunday gathered following Prince Harry's claim in his new memoir that he killed 25 people he described as Taliban fighters while posted with British forces in the country. Around 20 faculty and students demonstrated at a local university in Helmand, the province where British forces were largely concentrated during the NATO and U.S.-led coalition operations in Afghanistan. “We condemn his (Prince Harry’s) action which is against all norms of humanity," one demonstrator said.news.yahoo.com
One year on, Afghans at risk await evacuation, relocation
More than a year after the Taliban takeover that saw thousands of people rushing to Kabul’s international airport amid the chaotic U.S. withdrawal, Afghans who failed to get on evacuation flights say they are still struggling to find safe and legal ways out of the country.