Record numbers are attempting the treacherous continent-crossing route through the Darién Gap to the United States. Here’s one person’s story.
In 2021 Community Supported Film continued to deal with the limitations caused by COVID, developed new programing, and in August turned all our attention to helping Afghans.
Financial support during COVID allowed us to take on many activities despite the barriers caused by the pandemic. We hope that the information provided in this report encourages continued support for ongoing and new initiatives.
Afghanistan’s supreme leader and Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhundzada imposed some of the harshest restrictions on Afghanistan’s women since they seized power, ordering them to cover fully in public, ideally with the traditional burqa.
“‘Haiti is a minefield,’ said Harold Isaac, a journalist based in Port-au-Prince who works for the Associated Press. ‘The minute you start reporting news, there are so many threats, because it casts light on people that don’t necessarily enjoy that.’”
The Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project Afghanistan (ACLED) reported that the rate of violence against women and civilians has surged in Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate denied the report.
Online violence against female journalists has become a “silent epidemic.” A 2021 UNESCO global survey indicates that nearly three quarters of female journalists have experienced online harassment.
The pressure has been on for 8 months – submitting names and documentation – contacting numerous foreign governments and international organizations – filing Parole and Referral applications – contributing to advocacy efforts – launching the Fund for Afghan Evacuation & Resettlement – soliciting lawyers and family sponsors…
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When Heela came out tops in her 9th grade school grades last year, the 14-year-old girl ran home full of excitement, bursting to tell her family the happy news. … Now, almost eight months into the Taliban take-over, which dramatically changed education for girls, that day seems like a distant dream for Heela’s family. Last week, the young girl attempted to end her life by taking over 20 sleeping pills.
Greek security forces are employing third country nationals … “to force [migrants] onto small boats, take them to the middle of the Evros River, and force them into the frigid water, making them wade to the riverbank on the Turkish side. None are apparently being properly registered in Greece or allowed to lodge asylum claims.”
Hopelessly and in tears, I spend the entire day in a corner of the house hoping that God may hear my voice and help me out of Afghanistan so that I can get back to school.
Some Afghan women are quietly pushing to keep professional and personal freedoms under Taliban rule.
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“For too long, Somali women journalists have been treated as second class citizens and Somali news has ignored the stories and voices of half the population;