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From AFP beirut to First Lady of Afghanistan

Friday 7 November 2014 - Eye witness


Afghan First Lady Rula Ghani, also known as Bibi Gul, at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on October 30, 2014 (AFP Photo / Shah Marai)

She is one of the key personalities of the new Afghanistan. First lady since September, the former AFP journalist of Lebanese Christian heritage Rula Ghani has already broken some taboos. The AFP correspondent in Kabul Emmanuel Parisse writes about his interview of Mrs Ghani, also known as 'Bibi Gul', in the Afghan presidential palace.

(AFP Photo / Shah Marai)


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An Afghan poem of hope

Wednesday 8 October 2014 - Eye witness


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Abuzar's eyes were full of joy as he awoke in his family apartment in Toronto last week.

Finally, the big day he had been anticipating for weeks had come. He picked up his small backpack, his bottle and his Spiderman lunchbox, and set off for his first day at nursery after six months of rehabilitative care.

As he played in the middle of a crowd of hyperactive three-year-olds, no one could guess that the presence of the happy little Afghan was a small miracle.

For Abuzar, it was another tiny step toward building a new life more than 10,000 kilometres from his his hometown Kabul, where tragedy had robbed him of his parents, brother and sister eight months earlier.

(AFP Photo / Geoff Robins)


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Helping Abuzar

Wednesday 30 April 2014 - Short Stuff

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AFP is setting up a permanent fund to help the son of Sardar Ahmad, an AFP journalist who was killed by the Taliban.

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Remembering Sardar Ahmad

Saturday 22 March 2014 - Eye witness

Sardar Ahmad poses for a photograph with his daughter Nilofar (L) and son Omar (R) at the AFP office in Kabul on February 16, 2012. (AFP Photo/Joris Fioriti)

The senior reporter for Agence France-Presse in Kabul, Sardar Ahmad, was shot dead along with his wife Humaira and two of their three children in a Taliban attack on a hotel on Thursday. Here his bureau chief Ben Sheppard reflects on a much-loved colleague.

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AFP reporter Sardar Ahmad's final story

Friday 21 March 2014 - Eye witness

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Sardar Ahmad, a staff reporter at AFP, has been killed in a Taliban attack on Kabul's Serena hotel. Ahmad, 40, was shot dead along with his wife and two of his three children when four teenage gunmen attacked the hotel on Thursday evening.

Here is his final story.

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Born in a foreign land: Afghanistan's refugee children

Wednesday 26 February 2014 - Behind the image

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Bangkok-based AFP photojournalist Nicolas Asfouri recently visited a refugee camp for Afghans living in Pakistan, where he made this series of images of children. Most of the camp's residents, exiled by the chronic instability of their own country, have no intention of going back to Afghanistan.

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Open-access learning, Afghanistan style

Sunday 15 December 2013 - Eye witness

Afghan schoolchildren take lessons in an open classroom at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Nangarhar province on December 1, 2013. (AFP Photo / Noorullah Shirzada)

Noorullah Shirzada, a freelance photographer who collaborates with AFP in Afghanistan, talks about how he came across this startling image of a teacher giving classes in the open air outside a brick factory.

"I thought I might be able to take photographs of children who do really hard jobs working in the brick factory. But instead I found these children in an open classroom," he says. (AFP Photo)

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Covering Pakistan: 35 years with AFP

Friday 5 July 2013 - Eye witness

Soviet troops arrive at the Kabul airport, December 31, 1979. AFP Photo

"It was Christmas Eve 1979, and the French bureau chief was on holiday, soaking up the sun in Sri Lanka. The next thing I knew, Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan." After joining AFP in 1978, Sami Zubeiri retired from the agency this month. He covered every big story emanating from the volatile region, and here he looks back at some of the biggest of these. (Photo: The arrival of Soviet troops at Kabul airport in 1979)

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When pictures save lives

Tuesday 23 April 2013 - Eye witness

Fatima Khatun 25,  kisses the head of her eighteen month old daughter, Roona Begum, suffering from Hydrocephalus,  at their hut in Jirania village on the outskirts of Agartala, the capital of northeastern state of Tripura on April 13, 2013.

It happens all the time: a newspaper publishes a photo of a child living in hard-scrabble poverty who is stricken by a disfiguring, possibly life-threatening condition or injury. The image is heart-rending, and people around the world ask: “How can I help?” CORRESPONDENT editor Marlowe Hood looks at recent photos from the AFP archives that have made a difference. 

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Qais Usyan: a life, a career, cut short

Monday 18 February 2013 - Eye witness

An Afghan villager rides a donkey in a dusty road in Zadyan district of Balkh province on September 23, 2012.

Qais Usyan, a self-taught photographer from northern Afghanistan who began working for AFP in August 2011, had already revealed an exceptional gift when his life was cut short on February 9th at age 25 after a brief illness. It is with pride and sadness that Correspondent publishes a sampling of his work, and remembrances from colleagues and family. 

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No rest in Afghanistan

Tuesday 25 December 2012 - Behind the image

Photo: AFP/Jeff Pachoud
AFP PHOTO/Jeff Pachoud

No rest in Afghanistan


Between now and the end of the year, AFP is highlighting some of the stand-out images from 2012.

In this, the third of the series, photojournalist Jeff Pachoud, based in Lyon in southeast France, talks about how he captured this surreal image of a French soldier standing guard on the roof of an Afghan police barracks near Kabul.

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Afghanistan: Saving Private Ryan

Wednesday 17 October 2012 - Eye witness

US Army soldiers attached to 2nd platoon, C troop, 1st Squadron, 91st US Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team carry a wounded comrade near Baraki Barak base in Logar Province, Afghanistan on October 13, 2012.

AFP journalist Joe Sinclair, embedded with a US platoon on patrol in Afghanistan, was meters away when an IED -- "improvised explosive device" -- detonated, severely wounding Private Ryan Thomas. Sinclair captured the episode and its aftermath on video, and tells us how it unfolded.  AFP photographer Munir uz Zaman was also on the scene, and his series of pictures follow the story up to Private Ryan's evacuation by helicopter. (AFP Photo/Munir uz Zaman)

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Hitching a ride on Obama’s secret trip to Afghanistan

Thursday 3 May 2012 - Behind the image

US President Barack Obama is steps off Air Force One May 1, 2012 upon arrival at Bagram Air Field, some 50km north of Kabul, in Afghanistan.
(AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan)

Hitching a ride on Obama's secret trip to Afghanistan


For AFP photographer Mandel Ngan, a seat on US President Barack Obama’s secret, midnight flight to Afghanistan on Air Force One began with a phone call from the White House.

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The story behind a picture of horror

Tuesday 17 April 2012 - Behind the image

Afghan-born AFP photographer Massoud Hossaini's Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of the aftermath of a suicide bombing in Afghanistan.

Afghan-born AFP photographer Massoud Hossaini describes the horror surrounding the photo that earned him a Pulitzer Prize this week. The image depicts the heart-breaking image a young woman, Tarana Akbari, shrieking while surrounded by bodies – many of them her relatives – in the immediate aftermath of a suicide attack at a crowded shrine in Kabul. Hossaini was metres away when the bomb went off on December 6, 2011, killing at least 70 people. (AFP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

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