A house in Tagabdar, destroyed by the Taliban: "Nobody was ever particularly concerned about us.”

A house in Tagabdar, destroyed by the Taliban: "Nobody was ever particularly concerned about us.”

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The New Rulers of Afghanistan The Taliban’s Campaign to Rob Villagers of Their Land

In a remote mountain region, Taliban rule is having dramatic consequences: The most powerful ethnic group, the Pashtuns, are taking the homes and farms of their Shiite neighbors. It could be a harbinger of ethnic cleansing.
By Christoph Reuter und Thore Schröder in Daykundi, Afghanistan
DER SPIEGEL 40/2021
SPIEGEL International
Farmland in the Tagabdar Valley

Farmland in the Tagabdar Valley

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Village elder and dispossessed farmer (l.) in Lorashiv: "This is my life. How am I supposed to just give it up?”

Village elder and dispossessed farmer (l.) in Lorashiv: "This is my life. How am I supposed to just give it up?”

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Inhabitants of the village of Dahan-i-Nala

Inhabitants of the village of Dahan-i-Nala

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"Now law and order has been reestablished": The Taliban regional chiefs in Gizab receive DER SPIEGEL. On the left sits Mullah Ahmed Shah, the infrastructure chief, on the right sits security chief Mullah Abdulrahim Maywand.

"Now law and order has been reestablished": The Taliban regional chiefs in Gizab receive DER SPIEGEL. On the left sits Mullah Ahmed Shah, the infrastructure chief, on the right sits security chief Mullah Abdulrahim Maywand.

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This building in Gizab was damaged during fighting between the Taliban and former government forces.

This building in Gizab was damaged during fighting between the Taliban and former government forces.

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Mohammed Sufi, a village elder from Dahan-i-Nala: "Two people have laid claim to our land.”

Mohammed Sufi, a village elder from Dahan-i-Nala: "Two people have laid claim to our land.”

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This government building in Gizab was damaged during fighting between Taliban and former government forces.

This government building in Gizab was damaged during fighting between Taliban and former government forces.

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In this government building in Gizab, the court rules on land grabbing allegations.

In this government building in Gizab, the court rules on land grabbing allegations.

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