Preview: Children of the Taliban

Children of the Taliban

Children of the Taliban tells the story of four young children living in Kabul, Afghanistan, focusing on two boys and two girls whose lives have changed dramatically since US troops completed their withdrawal from the country last summer and the Taliban swept to power.

The girls, Shoukria and Arezo, have both lost their fathers, and now must work to support their mothers and siblings. They are among hundreds of thousands of children in Afghanistan who have to work to support their families. 

The boys, Abdullah and Ehsanullah, are the sons of high-ranking Taliban members. Access to children of the Taliban is rare, and this film captures incredible moments of the boys chatting, playing and opening up on camera. The events of the past year meant all four children had to grow up very quickly, and while this documentary shows how different their lives are, the boys and girls also have many things in common.

Through their eyes, we get a remarkable glimpse into the heart and soul of Afghanistan and an understanding of the challenges the future holds, not only for the children in this film, but for the country.

Children of the Taliban

Wednesday at 11.05 on Channel 4.

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