Dawa Khan Menapal

Former journalist and presidential spokesperson, Menapal worked as the head of the Afghan government's Media and Information Center and sought to form ties with the journalist community. Menapal promoted… More

Abdullah Atefi

Abdullah Atefi, a historian, writer, and poet, was a public figure whose extensive body of work focused on Pashtun culture and literature. Atefi was taken from his home in… More

Sushmita Banerjee

Sushmita Banerjee

On September 5, 2013, Indian-Afghan memoirist Sushmita Banerjee was kidnapped and murdered, purportedly by a splinter Taliban group who claimed responsibility. No groups or individuals, however, have been held… More

Three Wishes

Three WishesI have a dream for my family.My two sisters and my brother did not go to school, and I wish they could have had an education. Now I… More

Old Days

As Afghans hit the polls for today's presidential run-off, the Afghan Women's Writing Project is helping to make sure that women and girls are not only heard, but educated… More

Mounting Concern for the Safety of Writers

PEN International welcomes the police investigation into the shocking murder of Indian writer Sushmita Banerjee, killed in Kharana, Afghanistan, on September 5, 2013. More

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