Fariba Nawa is an award-winning Istanbul-based journalist, speaker and author of Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords and One Woman’s Journey through Afghanistan. She reports on various issues, including refugees, human rights and the global drug trade. Her work has been widely published, including in Women In The World/New York Times, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, The Daily Beast, Sunday Times Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle and Mother Jones. She’s also a contributing radio reporter with PRI’s The World. She's an expert on Afghanistan and has been interviewed by prominent news organizations from MTV, to NBC to FOX. You can follow her on twitter at twitter.com/faribanawa
The Russian federal government opened an investigation into cases of abuse against gays in Chechnya last week after international pressure and media reports continued to expose the atrocities. The outcry follows a report by an independent Russian newspaper and activists that more than 100 suspected gay men in Chechnya were rounded up and tortured with electric shocks,
Afsawna’s husband returned to Herat, Afghanistan, after seven years in Iran. He morphed into a heroin addict and began beating her in front of their five children and neighbors. He demanded the wages she earned from carpet weaving so he could buy drugs.
A black and white, aging photograph of my grandfather Abdul Karim Ahrary standing tall among the signatories of Afghanistan’s 1964 constitution during the reign of the last monarchy is the first evidence of my journey in human rights.