Fariba Pajooh is a writer and journalist who has been reporting on Afghanistan, Iran, and the Middle East for over 15 years. She graduated from Medill School at Northwestern University and has written for Iran’s Shargh newspaper as well as Euronews, Buzzfeed, NPR, RFI, and other outlets.
Around a year ago Tara Fares, an Iraqi Instagram influencer with millions of followers, was assassinated in Baghdad. Her death was part of a string of suspicious deaths of women, ranging from a human rights activist to a plastic surgeon to a beauty salon director. The killings created fear, particularly for female content producers. Some left the country, others stopped posting but some continued. Here is my story about other Instagram influencers and their risky life in Baghdad. Their hope and their fights in Baghdad.
My story on Afghan Women Football Team From street to stadium to sexual harassment: Afghan women's football in crisis With Afghan women's football in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, amid allegations of sexual and physical abuse, the liberating influence the game has had in the country is in jeopardy.
On Dec 2016. I was in Haiti and found this story on an American who created an “ethical jewelry” company in Port- Au- Prince. This company employs nearly 200 Haitians at $7 a day, combatting the huge unemployment rate and the high number of children abandoned by parents who have no money. The Apparent Project has been going for eight years and has funding from the Clinton Foundation. The founder is now selling the jewelry at high-end stores in the US.
The story about new US sanctions on Iran. I explained how the US sanctions will make Iranians sicker
My interview with the former Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, Kabul 2014