Blue Burqas Are Back in Kabul

The hated blue burqa, which the Taliban forced Afghan women to wear during their first tenure in power, is back on the streets of Kabul.

Gone for now at least are the sharply dressed young women of Kabul. In their place have reappeared the forbiding blue burqa, hiding in its anonymity a woman’s appearance and soul.

Please click on the images to find out the latest from Kabul.

IMAGE: A child stands between women wearing burqas at a second hand market in Kabul where people leaving Afghanistan sell their home appliances and other belongings, October 2, 2021. All Photographs: Jorge Silva/Reuters


IMAGE: A burqa-clad woman walks on a street in Kabul, October 3, 2021.


IMAGE: A burqa-clad woman walks on a street in Kabul which Talibs patrol, October 3, 2021.


Photographs curated by Manisha Kotian/
Feature Presentation: Aslam Hunani/


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