Feature Stories

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Mina (26) loved training as a midwife, but before she could receive her graduation certificate, her new husband persuaded her to sell everything to go to Iran for work, leaving behind her dreams.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Hakimullah (23) was born as a refugee in Haripur Refugee Camp in Mansehra district in Pakistan. His parents came to Pakistan in 1979, crossing the Durand Line to flee the Soviet invasion.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Muhammad Bashir (21) was a young teenager when his father was killed by an armed group in his home district of Ghormach in Faryab province. The incident forced his family to leave their home and they moved to Baghlan province.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Samarkhail village sits along the Kabul river in Behsod district of Nangarhar. Home to around 1,500 families, the village spreads across farmlands ready for the season's harvest.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Malalai (31) had been living in Pakistan as an undocumented migrant for more than a decade, but her life turned upside down earlier this year when her husband died in a car accident.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Nur suffers from hearing loss and is partially sighted. When the #COVID19 lockdown came, he couldn’t find work and took the tough decision to try to reach Iran to find an income to support his wife and son.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

“I was deported with nothing but a leg injury,” says Ahmad (15), who became the main breadwinner for his family when his dad passed away 3 years ago. His family struggled to make ends meet as COVID19 hit and, though still a child, he was under pressure to marry.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Salim Khan is a poor farmer in Bamyan. Because of extended conflict in his village in Daikundi, Salim Khan fled to Bamyan three years ago.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Farhad Ahmad (28) was destitute, living for 19 years in Iran as a refugee. As a child, he dropped out of school to work and support his family. In February, when Iran went under lockdown after the coronavirus outbreak, Farhad lost his job.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

IOM Afghanistan is supporting undocumented Afghan returnees to access vital health se