‘I’m very close to death’: Afghan woman photographer Rada Akbar defies threats
09 July 2021 | 6:55 am
Photographer Rada Akbar's striking art is a declaration of her independence and heritage -- but in Afghanistan that comes at a deadly risk. "The history of Afghan women didn't start after 2001. We have a long, rich history," says the 33-year-old. "Unfortunately, everything is very uncertain. And I don't see any good future."
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