It’s been one year since the Taliban reclaimed power in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of US troops and the fall of the Western-backed government. Since then, Afghan society has undergone a dramatic transformation as the Islamist group swiftly began to curtail human rights.
Despite initial promises to the international community and protests both internally and abroad, girls and women have once again been forced out of schools and deprived of freedom of movement, self expression and ability to earn income. Women TV presenters are forced to cover their faces, while women were excluded from a major summit of 3,500 tribal leaders and religious scholars.
Taliban leaders have also cracked down on drug use, conducting raids on addicts and forcibly detaining them before shaving their heads and committing them to rehab.