Zuhra Bahman was out of the country on a business meeting when the Taliban took control of Kabul.

She is the Afghanistan country director for Search for Common Ground, an NGO that engages in community based peace-building work. We caught up from Istanbul and I was eager to speak with her because it is very unclear to the entire international community the extent to which NGOs will be able to operate under Taliban rule.

As Zurha Bahman explains, she is eager to get back to her work and life in Afghanistan — but only if certain conditions are met. To that end, she is urging engagement with the Taliban to enable development and humanitarian NGOs to work in the country on behalf of the Afghan people.

If you have 25 minutes and want to hear directly from an Afghan NGO leader about how she plans to continue her work under Taliban rule, have a listen.


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