Shirin Jaafari covers the Middle East for The World. She has reported from Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
Before joining The World, Shirin worked in Washington DC. She was a finalist for the 2009 Livingston Awards for Young Journalists.
You can find her on Twitter at @Shirinj
Conflict & Justice
A rally against Tarek Bitar, the Lebanese judge in charge of investigating the Beirut port blast, turned parts of the capital into a war zone. Clashes left at least seven people dead. Now, the question is, can the investigation move forward?
Members of the Hazara ethnic group in Afghanistan have faced discrimination and violent attacks for a long time. Under the new reality of Taliban rule, things appear to be getting worse.
In the chaos of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the mass evacuation, a number of unaccompanied minors ended up on flights out of the country. Now comes the difficult task of reuniting them with their families or, for those who don’t have any relatives, helping them find new homes.
The Taliban have ordered all schools in Afghanistan to reopen after months of closure amid the pandemic and the war. But they haven’t allowed girls to return to school and the future for millions of female students remains unclear.
The Taliban are back in power, and they want the world to recognize them as the new government in Afghanistan. Foreign powers are each making their own calculations.
The Taliban have announced a new interim government. Islam is the key pillar of the group's vision, but which interpretation of Islam will guide their governance?
This summer, as the Taliban took over district after district in Afghanistan, women’s shelters were shuttered out of fear for the women’s safety. Those benefiting from the shelters are already vulnerable women who have no other place to go.
Two weeks before the Afghan capital, Kabul, fell to the Taliban, The World interviewed the top man in charge of security at the airport. He was confident that the crucial entry-and exit-point to Afghanistan would be protected after US troops left.
Conflict & Justice
What the Taliban envisions for the country’s future and its people is still unclear. Women are especially concerned about what Taliban rule means for them.
The World interviewed Ismail Khan, and some of his fighters, at the former governor’s villa in Herat only days before the city fell to the Taliban. Khan is now reportedly in Iran.