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Afghan interpreters for French army stuck in limbo

Afghan interpreters for French army stuck in limbo

24 Feb 2019 Radio France Internationale Radio France Internationale

Of more than 800 interpreters and other support staff who worked for the French army when it was in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2013, only about a third have been able to get to France - and to safety. In a new book published this week, two journalists conclude that the interpreters slipped through the cracks of a system that did not take their plight as seriously as they should.

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Booming cafe culture emerges in Kabul despite the risks

14 Sep 2018 Radio France Internationale Radio France Internationale

In Afghanistan, a booming café culture has emerged in recent years and many successful entrepreneurs have emerged by establishing western-like cafes in the big cities across the country. In the absence of recreational places in Kabul, cafes have become a major place for the youth to gather, but it also faces serious challenges like being targeted by insurgent and extremist groups. Zakarya Hassani has this report from the capital Kabul.

Afghan women entrepreneurs defy tradition

11 Sep 2018 Radio France Internationale Radio France Internationale

Women in Afghanistan are increasingly launching their own businesses, despite the violent conflict and a weak economy that has crippled the country for decades. They are defying the conservative society's traditional gender roles by becoming financially self-sufficient entrepreneurs, Zakarya Hassani reports from Kabul.