Before the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, an Iranian activist, blogger, and translator who goes by the pseudonym Ashkan Mehr Roshan connected with an Afghan woman and freethinker. Together, they formed one of the biggest and most effective underground support communities for nonbelievers and religious minorities in the region. But shortly after the Taliban came to power, she fell silent. Ashkan hasn’t heard from her since.
Ashkan Roshan is an Iranian activist, blogger and podcaster who writes about philosophy, religion, and the politics of the Middle East/North Africa region.