From the European South

a transdisciplinary journal of postcolonial humanities

Caught in the crossfire

Neilab Osman


The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and the devastating images of individuals desperately clinging for their lives off planes have permeated the media in 2021. This article aims to draw on the personal experience of an Afghan-Australian undergraduate student who is engaging in forms of activism to help her family, and many others, in Afghanistan. Through conversations with family members in Afghanistan, the author aims to outline the lives of her family before the Taliban re-emergence, their obstacles into seeking humanitarian visas in Australia, and the role of engaging in activism as a beacon of hope.


Afghanistan, humanitarian crisis, humanitarian visas, activism



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