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February 8th, 2012
10:11 PM ET

American Volunteer takes Afghan Orphans on a Road Trip

American volunteer Ian Pounds first traveled to Afghanistan to learn more about the country and its culture.  His trip inspired him to help the country's orphans. So, Pounds and others are taking a group of Afghan orphans on a road trip across the United States. CNN's Asieh Namdar has been reporting on their ten-week journey.
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December 20th, 2011
05:17 PM ET

Giving a Voice to Abused Women

Raped, beaten and abused. Afghan women have suffered in silence for years. But a television show called "The Mask" is finally giving them the opportunity to speak out. Producer Sami Mahdi first introduced "The Mask" last year. On the show, women wear masks to conceal their identity as they talk openly about the injustices they've suffered. CNN's Arwa Damon took us behind the scenes of the show earlier this year.

A few weeks ago, we touched base again with producer Sami Mahdi to find out what the show has achieved over the last year.

 

And now to another story of injustice that played out recently in Afghanistan. A woman named Gulnaz was imprisoned for adultery after a married relative raped her. She was recently pardoned by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Gulnaz talked about her heartbreaking ordeal with our Nick Paton Walsh from a safe house in Afghanistan.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Arwa Damon • asia • backstory • Interviews • journalists • Uncategorized
December 13th, 2011
08:04 PM ET

Afghanistan blast witness shares story

Photographer John Wendle was recording in Kabul the moment a suicide blast happened. He shares his video and experience above.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai visits the wounded:


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