As the Taliban made lightning advances across Afghanistan last year, so, too, did fear and uncertainty. Women, ethnic minorities, people who had worked with the former regime, or those in professions forbidden by the Taliban, including artists and musicians, felt especially vulnerable. Hundreds of thousands fled the country. These are some of their stories.
Two-and-a-half-year-old Farzad, who was separated from his family for more than 40 days during his family's evacuation from Kabul, Afghanistan, is now going to kindergarten. His mother, Wahida Alizada, is happy for her children's future in America, but she is worried about her husband, who is still in Afghanistan.
During the fall of Afghanistan last August, the Merzay family was forced to separate. One year later, they see “no sign” of being reunited.
A female taekwondo competitor evacuated from Afghanistan in November is now training with the French team for the 2024 Paris Olympics. She says her dream was to compete for Afghanistan but not under Taliban rule.
As the Taliban seized control of their country last year, hundreds of thousands of Afghans fled to neighboring countries. In Pakistan, many Afghan refugees are facing unique difficulties due to lack of documentation.
Thousands of Afghans took refuge in Turkey as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan last year. Many of these Afghans say they are now worried about being sent back.
Sayed Kabir and his family were among the thousands of Afghans resettled in the United States after the Taliban gained control of Afghanistan last year. VOA catches up with the ethnic Uzbek family and their new life in America.