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Mujib uses Beacon to tell stories about the realities of life in Afghanistan today and the challenges of extremism in South Asia. As an Afghan native, Mujib gives you a unique perspective on the region that few others can. He’ll be focusing on the war and where the subcontinent goes from here. You’ll read about daily life, shifts in culture, and first-hand accounts from locals.

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As with every long war, the years diminish the mainstream media’s appetite for frequent stories when, in fact, it is the end of a war that is more revealing than its beginning. Only when the boots begin to leave the ground that you see the marks left, the lives built, or the homes destroyed. Here, I will be reporting snippets, anecdotes, and observations that cannot fit the existing frames of mainstream media, but can tell so much more about societies than dry news stories.

What do you cover?

The war in Afghanistan — America’s longest — and its impact on geopolitics of south/central Asia. Through character-driven stories and nuanced observations, I will be meditating on the cultures and sub-cultures that develop in the shadows of such lengthy wars.

How often do you post on Beacon?

At least once a week, with more frequent posts when traveling.

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