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Qayum Babak

Qayum Babak

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The Hazrat e-Ali mosque complex in the northern town of Mazar e-Sharif. (Photo: ISAF Public Affairs Photo)
Qayum Babak
2 Mar 17
Activists warn of flourishing trade in male prostitution and “bacha bazi” or boy play.
A mosque in Kabul. (Photo: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
Qayum Babak
4 Jan 17
Residents of northern city say noise pollution is making their lives a misery.
Child marriage remains rampant in the north of Afghanistan. (Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
Qayum Babak
7 Nov 16
Tribal elders say that most girls are married off before the age of 14.
A taxi driver in Mazar e-Sharif. (Photo: Peretz Partensky/Flickr)
Qayum Babak
10 Apr 14
Women take the wheel in Mazar e-Sharif despite conservative social attitudes.
Bridge connecting Afghan border town of Hairatan with Uzbekistan. (Photo: Qayum Babak)
Qayum Babak
13 Mar 13
Merchants claim customs procedures at Hairatan checkpoint are riddled with corruption and red tape.
Qayum Babak
22 Jun 12
Balkh governor demands legal action after NGO survey reveals criticism of teaching standards.
Qayum Babak
12 Jul 11
Either harmless pastime or slippery slope to drug abuse, water-pipes have taken off among young men.
Mazar-e Sharif used to be regarded as safe, but businessmen here and in other parts of northern Afghanistan  are increasingly at risk of being kidnapped. (Photo: Daniella Peled)
Qayum Babak
26 Nov 10
Businessmen increasingly targeted in crime wave that experts warn will harm economic prospects.
Girls study under canvas at a school in Balkh province. (Photo: Isaf media)
Qayum Babak
8 Oct 10
Students and teachers say only those who can afford expensive private schools have chance of decent education.
In some Balkh villages, the Taleban have established parallel structures of government and justice. (Photo: IWPR)
Qayum Babak
18 Aug 10
In northern Afghanistan, some say judiciary is so corrupt they prefer to ask Taleban courts to adjudicate in disputes.