What the end of the war in Afghanistan means to one mother and her family

A year after U.S. troops pulled out of its longest war, National Geographic revisits an Afghan mother featured on the cover and her family’s experience offers a glimpse of life under Taliban rule.

Hafiza Omari, 71, gazes out the window of the small home near Faizabad where she took refuge after the Taliban seized her village in 2019. When one of her four sons joined the Taliban, Hafiza begged his commander to let him come home. “You’ve given two sons to the government and one to [anti-Taliban] militia,” she says he replied. “This one will be ours.”

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