Qayum Babak | Institute for War and Peace Reporting
Stories by the author
2 Mar 17
Activists warn of flourishing trade in male prostitution and “bacha bazi” or boy play.
4 Jan 17
Residents of northern city say noise pollution is making their lives a misery.
7 Nov 16
Tribal elders say that most girls are married off before the age of 14.
10 Apr 14
Women take the wheel in Mazar e-Sharif despite conservative social attitudes.
13 Mar 13
Merchants claim customs procedures at Hairatan checkpoint are riddled with corruption and red tape.
22 Jun 12
Balkh governor demands legal action after NGO survey reveals criticism of teaching standards.
12 Jul 11
Either harmless pastime or slippery slope to drug abuse, water-pipes have taken off among young men.
26 Nov 10
Businessmen increasingly targeted in crime wave that experts warn will harm economic prospects.
8 Oct 10
Students and teachers say only those who can afford expensive private schools have chance of decent education.
18 Aug 10
In northern Afghanistan, some say judiciary is so corrupt they prefer to ask Taleban courts to adjudicate in disputes.