Germany has introduced a new program to relocate Afghans suffering persecution at the hands of the Taliban. Civil society members and minorities are considered most at-risk.
On August 15, 2021, the Taliban overthrew Ashraf Ghani's government and seized power in Afghanistan. One year later, the country is facing multiple challenges that demand immediate global attention.
The devastating earthquake that hit south-eastern Afghanistan on June 22 has caused immeasurable damage. With over a thousand people killed and tens of thousands now homeless, daily life will be even harder in a country that was already suffering from a humanitarian crisis following the Taliban's return to power. International aid is trickling in, but longer-term help is needed. Our regional correspondents Shahzaib Wahlah and Sonia Ghezali report.
18 Dec 2021
Around 5,000 people every day are crossing the border from Afghanistan into Iran. While Tehran is deporting thousands every week, many are still setting out on the perilous journey that often begins in the city of Herat.
17 Nov 2021
Since the Taliban returned to power in August, life in Afghanistan has become more and more difficult. The country, which was already beset by an economic crisis, is now confronted with a worsening humanitarian catastrophe. Billions of dollars in aid money have dried up, funding for hospitals is non-existent and nearly half the population faces acute hunger. Our team on the ground reports.
13 Nov 2021
Almost three months after the Taliban swept to power in Afghanistan, the country's economy is imploding. Many NGOs and foreign companies have left, leaving thousands of Afghans suddenly unemployed. Some $9.5 billion of assets have been frozen abroad and banks are running out of money. The value of the local currency is plummeting and food prices have soared. This dire situation is pushing thousands of Afghans to flee the country. FRANCE 24's Catherine Norris-Trent and Roméo Langlois report.
3 Oct 2021
Quiffs, mohawks, and crew cuts were hairstyles barbers were accustomed to styling for image-conscious young men in Afghanistan's third-biggest city of Herat. But all that has changed since the Taliban took over the country in mid-August.
2 Oct 2021
Taliban fighters laugh and whoop onboard a pirate ship ride at an amusement park in the west of Afghanistan's capital Kabul. An incongruous scene, and one that might have been unimaginable during the group's brutally oppressive reign in the 1990s. But while the Islamist hardliners have promised a more moderate rule this time, many Afghans have already seen their freedoms curbed.
27 Sep 2021
A group of German entrepreneurs is helping Afghans leave their country. 27-year-old Fardin and his family have already arrived in their new home, where he is looking to have a career and build a safe future.
25 Sep 2021
Berlin has pledged to grant German residency permits to 2,600 Afghans who are deemed to be vulnerable or are in danger. Journalists, activists and academics are among those on the list.
25 Sep 2021
Germany's ambassador to Pakistan said the South Asian nation would play a supportive role in the future of Afghan peace and prosperity and thanked Islamabad for helping Germany evacuate Afghans across its border.
15 Sep 2021
Thousands of Afghans are being forced to stay at Ramstein air base after a measles outbreak stopped them from flying to the US. Dozens more were denied entry to the UK.