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Episode #3 — August 8th, 2022

The Fortress: Life or Death in Afghanistan via WhatsApp

With the airport gates mobbed, Afghans have little chance of entering without help from Western contacts.

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Episode #2 — August 1st, 2022

A Knock at the Door: The Taliban’s Revenge

Afghans who worked with the Americans, women’s rights activists, and former members of the Afghan government go into hiding, mapping their way out.

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Episode #1 — August 1st, 2022

The Fall: Escape from Afghanistan Begins

With the Taliban back in power, Afghans see their dreams go up in smoke — and race to get out of the country any way they can.

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The Host

Nelufar Hedayat

Nelufar Hedayat became a war-refugee roughly 20 years ago, fleeing a Taliban-led Afghanistan. Nelufar has worked across the BBC, Channel 4, Netflix, and The Guardian, covering breaking news, live events, and in-depth investigations into some of the world’s most dangerous places. Her work often focuses on cultural upheaval experienced by women, children, and families during a conflict, especially in her native Afghanistan.

We put together an interactive timeline with key dates spanning from September 11, 2001 until after the fall of Kabul.