Reports and Analysis
Original reporting by the Afghan Witness team
8 Mar 2023
“Now our director is a man” – the Taliban’s ban on women NGO workers
Interviews with women in the sector reveal that some organisations have replaced their female directors with men to allow operations to continue, while one president of a women-focused NGO says she is using her personal savings to keep office doors open.
1 Mar 2023
False news account spreads disinformation, undermines opposition
The account presents itself as the news outlet Afghanistan International, which has been a common target for mimic accounts – AW investigators have identified at least five accounts mimicking Afghanistan International in the last three months.
28 Feb 2023
Taliban arrest two satirists over rush on Kabul airport
Several hundred people gathered at Kabul International Airport on February 8 after rumours circulated that Afghans could fly to Turkey to support the earthquake relief effort – however, AW’s assessment of the arrested men’s social media profiles suggests they were not initiators or significant amplifiers of the ‘flights to Turkey’ story.
16 Feb 2023
Taliban raid hideout in Kart-e-Naw, Kabul, amid fears of pending attack
This was the second raid on an alleged ISKP hideout in Kabul in 2023 - and comes at a time when several embassies and international organisations have suspended operations or evacuated staff over concerns of a large-scale attack.