Brain drain: Afghanistan set back decades as professional women flee

From judges to midwives, thousands have gone into reluctant exile, leaving an unfillable hole for those who remain

19 October 2021 - 19:38 By Emma Batha and Shadi Khan Saif

Marzia has dedicated the past decade to treating some of Kabul’s poorest women, but the midwife has now packed up her stethoscope along with a few precious photos, ahead of leaving Afghanistan with her husband and son.

The health worker is part of a major brain drain of professional women — entrepreneurs, lawyers, scientists, journalists and more — that many predict will set the country back decades...

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