Afghan Legacy

In Afghanistan, Taliban violence spurs an exodus in search of education

A student stands in class at Pashtunistan School. (Mikhail Galustov/Post)

Children turn to boarding schools as the Afghan government effectively cedes large areas to the Taliban.

Afghan women caught between modernity, tradition

Afghan women caught between modernity, tradition

A suicide attempt and a court case reveal challenges that women face 11 years after the Taliban’s fall.

For Afghan troops, donkeys are the new helicopters

For Afghan troops, donkeys are the new helicopters

With the U.S. military sending its choppers home, the Afghan army is turning to rudimentary tools of war.

At Afghan shrine, ancient treatment for mental illness

At Afghan shrine, ancient treatment for mental illness

Mental health patients are chained to a cell for 40 days of living on bread, water and black pepper.

At Afghan orphanage, friends from different sides of the war

At Afghan orphanage, friends from different sides of the war

In Kandahar, two boys might have been expected to inherit their fathers’ allegiances. Instead, they embraced each other.

About this series

This series examines what U.S. forces are leaving behind in Afghanistan after more than a decade of war.

For Afghans next to U.S. firing range, unexploded ammunition poses peril

For Afghans next to U.S. firing range, unexploded ammunition poses peril

Civilians who graze animals or collect metal on the range are often injured by ammunition that’s been left behind.

Underground school for girls defies Taliban

Underground school for girls defies Taliban

Two brothers — among the few literate men in their Eastern Afghanistan village — are quietly trying educate Afghan girls.

The man who retrieves Taliban’s dead

The man who retrieves Taliban’s dead

An Afghan facilitator plays a crucial role in returning insurgents’ bodies to their families.

Photo Galleries

The Afghan army’s four-legged transport

As U.S. military turns campaign against insurgents over Afghan forces, moving supplies is shifting to donkeys.

Afghan shrine houses the mentally ill

Some believe that those with mental disorders will be healed after spending 40 days in one of the shrine's cells.

Life in an Afghan orphanage

Boys of fathers killed fighting on opposite sides of the war eat, play and study together.

The exploitation of Afghanistan’s ‘dancing boys’

A growing number of Afghan children are being coerced into a life of abuse.

Accidental victims

Scrap metal collectors are reaping injury, blindness and burns from unexploded ordnance in an unfenced field in Afghanistan.

Underground girls’ schools defy Taliban

In Afghanistan, girls attend informal school in family’s living room, defying Taliban edict.