A year on from the fall of Kabul, Australian reporter Lynne O’Donnell returned to Afghanistan — and now says she’ll never go back.
O’Donnell returned for three days last month, only to be detained, forced to retract articles, and coerced into making a public apology for accusing the Taliban of sex slavery.
During this harrowing time, she was in close contact with Massoud Hossain, a Kabul-born photojournalist.
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The pair have worked together in Afghanistan for years, and both are on a Taliban death list.
Hossain is currently based in New Zealand, where he has been given asylum.
O’Donnell is a Foreign Policy columnist and was Afghanistan bureau chief for Agence France-Presse (AFP) and the Associated Press (AP) between 2009-2017.