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An Afghan girl weeps in front of her home, destroyed by the earthquake in Zenda Jan district in Herat province. Another strong earthquake shook western Afghanistan on Oct. 11 after an earlier one killed more than 2,000 people and flattened whole villages in Herat province in what was one of the most destructive quakes in the country's recent history. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
Sandesh Gonsalves, who leads the Jesuit Refugee Service team in Afghanistan, reports that Afghans are struggling in the wake of a “massive” earthquake that struck on Oct. 7. According to U.N. sources, the humanitarian aid system in Afghanistan is already desperately overstretched and underfunded, with over 29 million Afghans in need of assistance.
Arts & CultureBooks
Sean Hagerty
Ben Kesling’s 'Bravo Company' tells the story of a U.S. Army infantry company before, during and after a difficult deployment to Afghanistan in 2009.
A young, internally displaced Afghan woman carries a child near their shelter at a camp on the outskirts of Kabul in June 2019. (CNS photo/Omar Sobhani, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyFeatures
J.D. Long García
Many faith-based organizations are among those working to provide assistance. Returning to Afghanistan is simply not an option.
A Taliban fighter holds his weapon in front of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 15, 2022, one year after the Taliban seized the Afghan capital. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Politics & SocietyNews Analysis
Kevin Clarke
The New Taliban is about the same as the Old Taliban, but punishing the regime indiscriminately could push Afghanistan toward economic collapse and lead to another refugee crisis.
Hussain Kazimi as a teenager, working as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan (photo courtesy of the author)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Hussain Kazimi
Though the families of former interpreters for the U.S. military are being targeted by the Taliban, there is still no established pathway for bringing them to the United States on a permanent basis.
FaithFaith in Focus
Abi Aswege
There are no words to describe the difference between reading about the Taliban’s merciless destruction of Afghan citizens and hearing the same stories spoken from someone who has suffered at their hands.