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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"Afghan Women Don’t Want To Be Saved. But They Demand To Be Heard" for Buzzfeed News (2019)
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Sep 11, 2019
The women of Afghanistan would like to be heard.

Before the recent peace negotiations suddenly broke down — when President Donald Trump announced that he had canceled secret talks with the Taliban — women had been almost entirely sidelined from the conversation about the future of their country.

The US intervention in Afghanistan in 2001 was premised in part on liberating women from the restrictive rule of the Taliban. The last 18 years have seen some progress, and life has improved for some women, allowing them enroll in school, work, and explore simple personal freedoms previously denied to them.

But many of them now fear for the future.

We spoke with 18 women in the Afghan capital of Kabul about their concerns if the Taliban were to regain power:
18 Stunning Portraits Of Women In Kabul
“I will lose my identity as a human being, a woman, and an artist.”
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Photoville 2020: Promises Written On The Ice, Left In The Sun

By Kiana Hayeri — Delighted to share that my upcoming project, Promises Written On The Ice, Left In The Sun. for which I..
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on NYTimes: At War: She Went to Prison for Killing Her Husband. The Pandemic Set Her Free.

By Kiana Hayeri — She Went to Prison for Killing Her Husband. The Pandemic Set Her Free. Foroozan was one of nearly 20 women..
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The Washington Post: ‘There’s no humanity left’: A family buries a mother and her unborn child in Afghanistan

By Kiana Hayeri — "Hajar Sarwari was in labor with her second child at a west Kabul maternity ward on Tuesday morning..
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Tim Hetherington 'Visionary Award 2020: KIANA HAYERI

By Kiana Hayeri — I am honored to share that I have been awarded the sixth £20,000 grant for my project “..
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on NYT: Afghanistan’s Next War

By Kiana Hayeri — Photo Essay by Kiana Hayeri Text by Mujib Mashal What happens when the pandemic hits a country already mired..
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"Scarred and Weary, an Afghan Force Wonders: What Is Peace?" for The New York Times (2020)

By Kiana Hayeri — Their young bodies are as broken as the bomb-pocked 40 miles of highway they guard. Some are missing..
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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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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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