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Afpak File: How Has The Coronavirus Pandemic Played Out In Afghanistan?


An Afghan health official checks the body temperature of a woman during a lockdown due to the ongoing? coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Herat, June 1, 2020
An Afghan health official checks the body temperature of a woman during a lockdown due to the ongoing? coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Herat, June 1, 2020

Afghanistan, like so many other countries around the world, is confronting the challenge of a global pandemic.

With its poor public health system and large-scale poverty, Afghanistan is particularly vulnerable. To make matters worse, it might fight the pandemic even while it grapples with war and political instability.

The latest episode of The AfPak File podcast takes stock of the on-the-ground situation with COVID-19 in Afghanistan and discusses what the implications may be domestically and for US policy.

Joining the panel are Mahbouba Seraj, a women's rights activist in Kabul; Rateb Noori, news bureau manager for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Afghanistan service; and Michael Kugelman, Asia Program deputy director and senior associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Muhammad Tahir, media manager with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Washington, DC, moderates the discussion.

Afpak File: How Has the Coronavirus Pandemic Played Out in Afghanistan?
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