August 29th, 2022

Episode #6 — Terrible House: Survival in the Taliban’s Afghanistan

International forces have left and the Taliban are now firmly in charge. At-risk Afghans scramble to stay one step ahead of capture and move closer to escape.

With the US Army and allied forces gone, Taliban fighters are consolidating control over Afghanistan. The regime’s leaders make assurances that there will be no retribution for their enemies, but the reality on the ground is different. With the help of journalist Danna Harman, Muhammad Javed Khan, who had worked for the Afghan government, reaches the Tajik border but must then turn around and make a last-minute journey back to Kunduz to retrieve a batch of passports. In order to escape, he must come face to face with the Taliban, members of whom had arrested and tortured him just weeks earlier.

Episode Transcript