“You’re making compromises all the time because of the security issues. But this is why I did this update, because the idea was to bring attention to a story that right now people aren’t really paying attention to.” — Paula Bronstein
“Afghanistan is far away, it’s in a war zone. People expect bombings to happen there, they don’t expect them to happen in the vacation mecca of Nice,” said photojournalist Paula Bronstein.
For Afghans who are struggling with the question of whether to leave or stay in their country, the debate goes beyond wanting to improve their lives — it is about survival.
An August 2014 operation targeting Taliban in Charkh, Afghanistan, left 15 villagers dead, four of them children. More than a year later, only one Afghan has been prosecuted for wrongful death.
When we think of war photography, we think of soldiers and battles. What about those who are left behind once the fighting is over?
Munawar is one of 44 women and 17 children living in a shelter, the first of its kind in a country where women once had no place to go.
Photographer Paula Bronstein has spent several years covering Afghanistan. But unlike most photojournalists, her stories didn't come from the conflict's frontlines.
After decades of conflict, many Afghan women struggle to survive on their own.
Under Deborah Lyons’s leadership, the Canadian Embassy in Kabul has been at the forefront of women's issues in the country.
Despite death threats and firebombs, Aziz Royesh and his school are symbols of success in a country that is starving for education.
George Butler's ink-and-watercolour scenes bring a new depth to reportage more often the preserve of combat photographers.
George Butler returns to Afghanistan at the end of 2014 to depict the war. His drawings show people washing for prayers, shopping, farming, building, living and learning.
Ten years of the US-led war in Afghanistan has drastically transformed Pakistan’s trucking industry. Matthieu Aikins explores how NATO’s supply lines have brought the borderlands to the big city.
Trans-boundary water tensions with Iran and Pakistan cast a shadow on the development of Afghanistan's mainly agricultural economy.
Anonymous and spoken, landai , two-line Pashtun poems, have served for centuries as a means of self-expression for women. Today they are an important vehicle of public dissent.
Throughout the world, more than 51 million girls below the age of 18 are currently married. This harmful traditional practice spans continents, language, religion and caste.
During the year that is supposed to determine Afghanistan’s future, Anna Badkhen gives readers a longer look at a deeply fissured nation that has endured war almost incessantly for millennia.
Afghan reporters know things about their country that western reporters miss. Can they convey the complexity of Afghan society, not just across language barriers, but across cultures?
Nir Rosen embedded with American troops in Afghanistan to observe the COIN strategy first-hand, and to explore how, and if, it is in fact working.
If a strong educational system is key to a country's success, there is every reason to worry about Afghanistan's future. Decimated by decades of war, Afghanistan has one of the world's lowest literacy rates. According to UN estimates, 90% of women, and 63% of men in rural areas are...
In 2008, there were over 2,100 civilians casualties across Afghanistan. US airstrikes accounted for 552 deaths, up more than 70% compared to the year before. Militants were responsible for more than half the overall total. The bitter truth is that most of these incidents could be avoided. And yet they...
Since 2007, an experimental Pentagon program has been sending teams of civilian anthropologists and other social scientists into the hardest-fought regions of Iraq and Afghanistan to pursue a mission that's both deeply controversial and increasingly important to U.S. military strategy.
Social scientists work within frontline combat units...
Dost Mohammad Fahim Khairy, an Afghan who left his country in a time of great turmoil and was resettled in the United States refugee program, makes his first journey home to Afghanistan since he left on Sept. 15, 2001. A reporting team, comprised of lead reporter Jessica Wanke, reporter...
The Taliban is not the only threat facing Afghanistan. The rise in poppy cultivation places the country at risk of moving from narco-economy to narco-state, and as eradication efforts continue to prove wildly unsuccessful, the threat increases. Yet the reasons for poppy's growing influence in the country are not...
This week's news on all things Pulitzer Center Education.
This week's news on all things Pulitzer Center Education.
Review says Pulitzer Center grantee has gift for explaining confusing regional geopolitics with "blessed–and welcome–lucidity" in his debut book on Afghan minority community, U.S. troop withdrawal.
Jeffrey Stern, former Pulitzer Center grantee, publishes his first book about an Afghanistan minority—and the problems they encounter as the U.S. troops pull out.
The Pulitzer Center staff share favorite images from 2015.
“Population growth will kill you stone-cold dead.” -Paul Ehrlich, Stanford biologist and author of "The Population Bomb."
Who is looking out for journalists, especially freelancers, working in hostile environments and conflict zones?
An artist records day-to-day Afghan life from Kabul to Herat in ink.
Pulitzer Center journalist and illustrator George Butler is interviewed by the Today program on BBC Radio 4 about his current project, "Afghanistan: WithDraw."
Here's a paradoxical situation that is also a global phenomenon: In war-torn countries, where individuals need mental health care the most, it is the exception rather than the rule.
For journalists who have spent time in Afghanistan, the combined assault by two gunmen and a suicide bomber on a popular Kabul restaurant cuts close to home.
We know that carbon dioxide emissions are affecting the planet’s climate. Now it appears that these carbon emissions are also altering the chemistry of our oceans.
This lesson plan outlines reflection and processing exercises connected to Alexandria Bombach's film "Afghanistan by Choice,” which follows five people deciding whether or not to leave Afghanistan.
In this lesson, students investigate educational resources using diverse media in order to understand how poetry can be used as a means of communication.
This is a painting lesson that combines Pablo Picasso's famous 1937 Guernica with current day issues presented by the Pulitzer Center.
Students investigate educational resources about the safety of pedestrians in developing countries and design mock letters to politicians in charge of roads in a developing country.
This lesson plan outlines a project that allows students the opportunity to connect with a contemporary crisis somewhere in the world.
Students will compare two kinds of visual journalism documenting the end of the war in Afghanistan.
This lesson supports student explorations into the ethics of using drones in civilian life and warfare.