Jeffrey E Stern is a writer and development worker whose reporting from Afghanistan, Kashmir, and elsewhere has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic, Esquire, Time, newsweek.com/the daily beast, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Duke Magazine and other publications.
21 January 2014 | The South Asia Channel/Foreign Policy Magazine
When Soviet troops withdrew from Afghanistan in the late 1980s, then-president Mohammad Najibullah Ahmadzai managed to hold on for three more years, until the Russians ended their aid and he was forced to take refuge in a U.N. compound. In 1996, when the Afghan Taliban took Kabul, he was assassinated, mutilated, and hung from a traffic light.
30 September 2013 | The Pulitzer Center
I recently wrote that driving in places like Afghanistan is an exercise in a million close calls. Last week my driver was on the phone when we approached a large family unloading from a small car, and I saw a girl no more than four years old become fixated on something across the street. In an instant she took off running towards it, oblivious to traffic, and my driver, distracted and unable to see her anyway — she was that small, her head hardly above bumper level — had no idea.