Cricket World Cup: Afghanistan’s dream run captures global attention
13 November 2023 | 3:12 am
Afghanistan may not have won the Cricket World Cup, but their inspiring run brought them to the cusp of the semi-finals. Each win gave people back home rare opportunities for public celebration in the war-torn, Taliban-controlled country. The team has an uneasy relationship with the government. It still plays under the green, black and red national flag banned by the Taliban and is based abroad.
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Congolese dancer Faustin Linyekula honours his beautiful and troubled country through dance. The prolific award-winning artist, who's been a fixture of dance festivals in Avignon, Brussels and Johannesburg since the early 2000s, is in France with two shows at the Chaillot theatre in Paris. He speaks to Eve Jackson about reconnecting with Africa's history – lost and forgotten because of colonisation – and why he returned to his homeland to create his company Studio Kabako after establishing an international career as a dancer and choreographer.
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A US State Department report, critical of President Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump, has pointed to the inadequate preparedness for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan in 2021.
A German parliamentary inquiry is seeking "lessons from Afghanistan" after the two-decade mission that ended with a rapid Taliban return. Joschka Fischer said participating was crucial to Germany's place in NATO.
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South America's poorest neighborhoods have birthed some of its greatest soccer stars, from Maradona to Pele, who often spur local pride and invest back into their communities. But with the professionalization of the women's sport still in its earliest years and wages lagging far behind men's salaries, making it big through soccer is still a far-off dream for women in South America's barrios.
A headscarf is not enough: The Taliban is punishing cab drivers for transporting women not covered up with burqas. As a result, fewer and fewer women are traveling in cities.
While others play at the World Cup, the Afghanistan national team are making their way in Australia's regional leagues. Two years after they fled their country, the past still hurts while the future is uncertain.
In August 2021, the Taliban conquered Kabul. Local Afghan employees who had assisted German forces hastily fled their homeland. Many are still waiting for help.
As global interest in the war-torn country diminishes, many Afghans feel abandoned. In the two years since the Taliban retook control they have imposed draconian restrictions on society, especially women and girls.
Afghanistan's Taliban rulers took over the capital Kabul on August 15, 2021. A Taliban spokesperson denied the group was anti-woman in comments to DW, while the UN has accused it of gender apartheid.
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