Anna Badkhen

Three Weeks in a Hopeless Land

I returned to a place I saw liberated in 2001. Now the Taliban are back, and the only thing that has improved is the cell-phone reception.

Anna Badkhen

My Afghan Home

Nearing the end of the road, our diarist reflects on the unlikely sanctuary she found in a blighted land.

Eternal Enemies, One Mile Apart

Our correspondent visits two Afghan villages hardened by centuries of hatred -- and separated by only a short stretch of road.

Anna Badkhen

In the Children’s Ward

Visiting the pediatrics center at an Afghan city hospital, in a country where only three out of four children live to be five.

Anna Badkhen

Homesick for Nowhere

Refugees from a place that no longer exists, these Afghan settlers live in a slapped-together collection of tents on land that belongs to their ancestral enemy.

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Is the U.S. Airlifting Taliban Troops into Northern Afghanistan?

No. But the question itself poses more questions than you might think.

Anna Badkhen

Warped Lives

In a tiny room with no door, in a village with no roads, a drugged woman ties thousands of knots to weave a rug for others to walk on.

Anna Badkhen

Afghanistan’s Little Men

Stopping through Mazar-e-Sharif, our correspondent witnesses one of the most disturbing side effects of the region's poverty: young boys with old faces.


Afghanistan’s Boys in Blue

With cops like these, who needs robbers? Our diarist meets one of Afghanistan's finest.

Anna Badkhen

How Do Afghans Relax?

They go take a hike -- and so does our diarist, spending a day of leisure on hills that were once bloody battlefields.


Helpless to Help in Afghanistan’s Local Government

Back in Kunduz, encounters with the unfortunate men whose job it is to keep northern Afghans safe and secure.

Ruins and Reunions

Our correspondent finds her friends, at last.

Anna Badkhen

Earthquakes and Other Disturbances

Beginning the second week of her journey, our diarist encounters some shaky territory on the way to Kunduz.

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The Muezzin of the Blue Mosque

Finding some solace with an unlikely old friend.

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