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.