Footage shows Taliban fighters burning the drums and harmonium of a local musician, and making him say “I am scum” before a large crowd.
Sohail Ahmadi was finally tracked down by his family in Afghanistan after his desperate parents handed him to a US soldier during the chaos at Kabul's airport.
"The prevailing ethical and moral code of Afghanistan has nothing to do with my view of humanity," says German businessman Werner Zimmermann.
A Taliban government agency believes that life-sized figures are idols and violate their interpretation of Islamic law.
Suicide bombings have long been one of the Taliban’s main instruments in harassing American and allied forces and inflicting fatalities.
Journalist Shabeer Ahmadi was among the thousands who were forced to leave their homes when Kabul fell in August of this year.
Nangyal and his younger brother Noori were inseparable when they were kids. But then Nangyal joined the Afghan National Army, and Noori joined the Taliban.
Some beauty salons that had photos of women painted over and stripped from the walls have reopened their doors – for now.
“It’s a catchy sell, ‘one man travels all the way back to Afghanistan to rescue his friend’,” an Afghan American producer and director told VICE World News.
Sex work was illegal under Afghanistan’s Western-backed governments but police and officials could be bribed – now some women in Kabul fear for their lives under the Taliban.