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In Afghanistan, It’s Brother Against Brother


Foreign Policy, 26 September 2019

Reportage by Austrian-Afghan reporter Emran Feroz from Baghlan, about a family split by the war, with the younger brother a Taleban fighter and others supporting the government:

Sayed Shah, a local medic… has known the Rahman family for decades and is still in touch with Lemar. “Sometimes he appears with injured or sick fighters. It’s my job to help them. But it also makes me sad to see all the family drama,” he said. According to Shah, many young men have been recruited by the militants during the last years. “For me, Lemar and the others are still kids. I know them since they were born.”

When a three-day-long cease-fire took place last year during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, many Taliban fighters returned to their families and even broke bread with Afghan soldiers. Rahman also returned to his family. “My parents were so happy. They wished that this Eid would never end,” Shafiq ur-Rahman recalled.

 

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