Kiana Hayeri

Photographer
    
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Nationality: Iranian-Canadian
Biography: Kiana (b.1988) grew up in Tehran, Iran and migrated to Toronto while she was still a teenager. Faced with the challenges of adapting to a new environment, she took up photography as a way of bridging the gap in language and culture. After an... read on
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"Scarred and Weary, an Afghan Force Wonders: What Is Peace?" for The New York Times (2020)
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Feb 27, 2020
Their young bodies are as broken as the bomb-pocked 40 miles of highway they guard.
Some are missing fingers, others a leg or an eye. Many carry multiple scars and the ringing sound of the last explosion trapped in their heads. Most have not been home in years — to go home is to drive into Taliban territory. So their mothers come to them once in a while, with dried fruit or embroidered tunics.

A brief truce has brought this battle-weary unit of the Afghan police, holed up in their hilltop outposts in Zabul Province, an unexpected respite from the daily attacks they had come to see as inevitable. In the final days before a peace deal between the United States and the Taliban insurgency was expected to be signed, and the partial cease-fire that was set as a precondition seems to be holding. The police on this remote, southern battlefield suddenly have time for questions they once hardly imagined asking: Could there really be peace? What would that be like?

Scarred and Weary, an Afghan Force Wonders: What Is Peace?
A truce is prompting introspection. “Who is it on the other side?” mused a 15-year veteran of intimate warfare. “They are not even from a different district.”
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The Washington Post: ‘There’s no humanity left’: A family buries a mother and her unborn child in Afghanistan

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For The New York Times Magazine (2020):"Now in Prison, They Feel Free."

By Kiana Hayeri — Violence against women is rampant in Afghanistan. As a Persian saying goes, “a woman enters her..
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"Afghan Women Don’t Want To Be Saved. But They Demand To Be Heard" for Buzzfeed News (2019)

By Kiana Hayeri — The women of Afghanistan would like to be heard. Before the recent peace negotiations suddenly broke down..
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Single Mothers of Afghanistan on Globe and Mail

By Kiana Hayeri — Single Mothers of Afghanistan was published on Globe and Mail for Mother's Day weekend. It was published..
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"The TransAsia Train" for Polka Magazine (2013)

By Kiana Hayeri — Assigned by  Polka Magazine in April 2013, we took the TransAsia train to discover and capture stories..
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