Shafi Karimi

freelance journalist

Shafi Karimi is an award-winning multimedia journalist and writer who has been covering Afghanistan for the past 8 years, including reporting on the 2021 Taliban takeover. He is now based in France, and works for a range of international outlets, including France24 Television, Vice news, Mail Online, Nikkei Asia and UAE-based Akhbar Alaan. Shafi was previously based in Kabul where he reported for RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi on television and radio, as well as TOLO News and Ariana News. He has covered the conflict in Afghanistan, the 2020 US withdrawal agreement, women’s rights and the threat from the Islamic State. Recent stories he has covered include the secret life of women soldiers and how lesbians are surviving Taliban rule, and he contributes regularly to Afghan social media forums.

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