Afghan Researchers on the Run

2 decades of education and research progress are at risk in Afghanistan after the Taliban retook Kabul.
 
Since 2004, hundreds of millions of dollars in international funding have helped establish dozens of new public and private universities; women’s enrollment burgeoned; and contributions to international journals grew.
 
Now, billions of dollars in overseas financing has been frozen.
 
Researchers are scrambling to gain asylum overseas.
 
“This is a big catastrophe for the future of Afghanistan,” said a member of the Afghanistan Science Academy. “There will be no educated people left.”
 
Nature

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