Watch Tom interview journalist Chris Sands with YOUR questions about reporting on Afghanistan,
- Chris has been writing about Afghanistan since 2005 - living in Kabul for more than nine years.
- He is the co-author of Night Letters, a biography of the Afghan Islamist leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. Night Letters was listed as one of NPR’s books of the year for 2020.
- Chris’ writing and photography has been published in Le Monde, the New Statesman, The Independent, Mother Jones and Aljazeera. In 2008 the New Statesman nominated him for a Foreign Press Award.
- Now based in the UK, Chris is the South Asia Editor for New Lines Magazine.
Watch Chris' answers and then scroll down for a challenge!
Hello from Chris Sands
(We're aware the audio and video are out of sync on this clip - we are fixing it this week!)
What made you decide to be a Journalist (and a researcher), and what was the most interesting thing about being it?
stupendous_volcano, Upton Cross Primary School, United Kingdom
When you lived in Kabul, did anyone talk about the history of the Taliban or was it considered as a dark era?
storytelling_king, Boutcher C of E Primary School A, United Kingdom
The Taliban were always spoken about in Afghanistan, and even when they weren't spoken about, their influence is always there... and their presence was constant... and my understanding of them altered drasticallyChris Sands on the Taliban
Have you ever felt in danger as a journalist?
agreeable_speech, Lake Bank Pioneer Preparatory, Tunisia (also asked by vibrant_literature, Graveney School, United Kingdom and alert_writer, Cheam Fields Primary Academy, United Kingdom)
If you could write a story to serve the Afghan people, what would you write about?
smart_glacier, Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School, Occupied Palestinian Territory
What inspired you to stick to your work there in your hard times? Is there anyone whom you would like to mention as your inspiration?
affectionate_hippopotamus, Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College, Bangladesh
Thank you to Chris for his excellent answers about life as a journalist in Afghanistan.
What do you think is the most important thing for foreign journalists to remember when they are reporting on Afghanistan?
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