Also by Margot Buff
January 21, 2022
Vastly Outnumbered, Ukraine's Military Has Some Strengths
Russia has amassed an estimated 127,000 troops near the borders of Ukraine. In the event of an invasion, some Western experts believe Kyiv's forces could be quickly overwhelmed. But analysts point to some resources that make Ukraine a stronger power than it might appear.
November 30, 2021
'Dreams Destroyed': Afghan Women Lament Losses After 100 Days Of Taliban Rule
A public defender, a rights activist, small business owners: these women have seen their lives and careers upended by the Taliban's return to power in August. After 100 days of Taliban rule, they take stock of the personal and economic harm caused by the regime's repressive policies.
November 28, 2021
Baking Armenian Lavash With Bare Hands, Fire, And Love
When Armenians bake the flatbread known as lavash, they incorporate Christian rituals and family knowledge -- but few people still practice this culinary craft at home. Knarik Torosian is one baker who still makes lavash in an underground wood-fired oven.
November 24, 2021
Trafficked In, Trafficked Out: Iraqi Kurds Recount Failed Journey To Belarus's Borders
As a migrant crisis intensifies on Belarus's borders with the EU, some travelers from war-torn countries describe paying a high price for the unfulfilled promise of reaching Western Europe. One family from Iraq's Kurdistan region were forced to pay traffickers to return home after a failed trip.
November 17, 2021
Migrants Receive Temporary Shelter In Belarus After Border Crisis Escalates
An ongoing crisis on Belarus's border with Poland escalated in recent days as migrants seeking to cross into the EU clashed with Polish security forces. With temperatures dropping, some migrants who had camped out by the border have now moved to a shelter in Belarus where they await deportation.
October 18, 2021
'Reindeer Are Sacred': Herders Struggle For Survival In Russia's Far East
In parts of Yakutia, in Russia's Far East, many residents raise reindeer to make a living, relying, in part, on modest government subsidies to make ends meet. Their livelihood is part of a traditional way of life, but it's threatened with obsolescence as young people leave in search of better jobs.
October 02, 2021
Georgian Remains Of 'Oldest Woman Warrior' Offer Clues To Early Civilization
An ancient skeleton excavated at a site near Tbilisi has been kept at Georgia's National Museum for nearly a century -- but archaeologists are now giving it a closer look. They say the woman who was buried with jewelry and a sword is the oldest female warrior ever identified.
September 28, 2021
Eighty Years Later, Ukraine Recalls The Nazi Atrocities At Babyn Yar
On September 29-30, 1941, a ravine near Kyiv called Babyn Yar became the site of a massacre that foreshadowed the horrific scale of the Holocaust. Occupying Nazi forces, with the help of collaborators, shot and killed nearly 34,000 Jews at the site in the first of a series of mass killings.
September 21, 2021
'Our Futures Will Be Ruined': Afghan Girls Fear Denial Of Education Under Taliban
Since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, the militants have made vague statements about allowing girls to get an education, but so far, that female secondary-school students have stayed home. Students told Radio Azadi about their fear that their educations have been cut short.
September 15, 2021
Jobless And Cashless, Afghans Sell Off Possessions To Survive Economic Collapse
Millions are out of work, the country's foreign reserves are frozen, cash has mostly dried up, and markets are running low on imported goods. Afghanistan's collapsing economy has had devastating personal impacts, with some unemployed Afghans selling off their household items to buy food.
September 05, 2021
Prejudice And Pride: Georgia's LGBT Community Finds New Strength After Violent Attacks
In July, a planned LGBT Pride March in Tbilisi was called off after right-wing protesters attacked activists and journalists, whom they accused of spreading "anti-Georgian sentiments." In the wake of the violence, LGBT activists say their sense of purpose and solidarity is stronger than ever.
August 28, 2021
A Belarusian Was 'Learning A Rhythm' With Protest Drummers. Now He's In Prison For Six Years.
In 2020, 31-year-old Alyaksey Sanchuk joined a group of street drummers, part of a wave of mass protests over the presidential election in Belarus that was widely seen as rigged. He was arrested, charged with financing and organizing illegal protests, and sentenced to six years in prison.
August 23, 2021
'Just A Mom' In Oklahoma Helped Afghan Girls' Robotics Team Flee The Taliban
Allyson Reneau, a mother of 11 and an expert in U.S. space policy, welcomed the Afghan girls' robotics team when they traveled to the United States in 2019 for a technology conference. In mid-August, as Taliban militants descended on Kabul, Reneau quickly helped the young engineers flee to safety.
August 03, 2021
Belarus Accused Of 'Provocation' As Record Numbers Of Illegal Migrants Reach Lithuania
Lithuanian officials say waves of illegal migrants arriving from Belarus have reached a new peak, with nearly 300 detentions reported in one day alone. Most of the detainees are Iraqis who crossed the border via Belarus with apparent ease.
July 29, 2021
For Radio Azadi Reporter, Covering Afghan Women's Rights Is Worth The Risks
As Afghanistan faces a resurgence of the Taliban, the hard-won rights of Afghan women hang in the balance. One young female reporter for RFE/RL's Radio Azadi says it's her mission to tell women's stories as they fight to defend their rights.
July 21, 2021
Afghan Medical Device Aims To Solve Oxygen Shortage Amid COVID Surge
With Afghanistan facing a wave of coronavirus infections, oxygen is in short supply at the country's underfunded hospitals. To help meet the demand, faculty and students at Kabul Medical University have built an oxygen-concentrating machine that pulls the vital gas from the air.
July 16, 2021
As Migrants Cross From Belarus, Lithuania Sees Influx As 'Hybrid Attack'
Some 1,500 people have illegally crossed from Belarus into EU member Lithuania this summer -- more than 20 times the number in all of 2020. Lithuanian leaders say Belarus is allowing migrants from third countries to transit to the European Union as a form of retaliation against the bloc.
July 15, 2021
Thirty Years After Vukovar Massacre, A Croatian Father Is Still Seeking His Lost Son
In August 1991, as Yugoslavia disintegrated, national army troops and paramilitary forces laid siege to the city of Vukovar in northeastern Croatia. One resident, Pavo Zivkovic, has spent decades trying to find his son Goran, who he believes was among the victims of a massacre near the city.
July 12, 2021
Taliban Seizes Civilian Homes In Kandahar As Government Forces Fight To Defend City
Fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban militants broke out in the southern city of Kandahar on July 9, leaving at least 18 people dead and more than 100 wounded. Government troops say the militants have seized homes in residential neighborhoods, forcing civilians to flee.
July 09, 2021
Five Things To Know About Bulgaria's Snap Elections
Bulgaria is set to hold early elections on July 11, following polls in April that resulted in a fragmented parliament and failed to produce a government. Here's a look ahead at a vote that could produce a similarly inconclusive outcome.