What daily life in Afghanistan looks like after two years under the Taliban

The rights of women have been severely impeded as the war-torn nation’s ‘slide into poverty’ continues

Afghan burqa-clad women walk past a Taliban security personnel
Afghan women have faced renewed attacks on their rights and freedoms
(Image credit: Shafiullah Kakar/AFP via Getty Images)

It has now been two years since the Taliban toppled the Afghan government after Western nations chaotically withdrew after a 20-year occupation.

At the time, the focus centred on evacuating thousands of desperate foreigners and vulnerable Afghans from the nation before the Taliban officially regained control.

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Julia O'Driscoll is the engagement editor. She covers UK and world news, as well as writing lifestyle and travel features. She regularly appears on “The Week Unwrapped” podcast, and hosted The Week's short-form documentary podcast, “The Overview”. Julia was previously the content and social media editor at sustainability consultancy Eco-Age, where she interviewed prominent voices in sustainable fashion and climate movements. She has a master's in liberal arts from Bristol University, and spent a year studying at Charles University in Prague.