IN HIS NATIVE Afghanistan, Aziz Rahman had a thriving career as a journalist. An experienced, well-known and popular part of the crew at Afghan Live TV, he had also worked with an international children’s charity. As a reporter, his success on the job stemmed from deep knowledge of his country, friends and family, and a strong network of politicians, businesspeople, experts and editors.
But that was then. Reporting in Afghanistan can be lethal, and journalists are soft targets for armed groups or offended business interests. Rahman received death threats on more than one occasion and was arrested and released by the Taliban during one reporting trip.
In 2013, Rahman had seen enough and reluctantly left Afghanistan. He was able to go to Britain, as his wife had already secured refugee status and could act as his sponsor.
His life was no longer in danger, but his career was.