This radio program in Afghanistan reunites relatives with their missing loved ones.

Twice a week, tearful relatives call out to the disappeared on a radio show that has come to serve as a disturbing window into modern Afghanistan: “In Search of the Missing.”

After three decades of war, an estimated 1 million Afghans are missing, a number that grows every day as the fight against the Taliban continues. Their relatives know what it means to disappear here — the probability that people have landed in a mass grave or a prison or a smuggler’s safe house. But maybe, against the odds, their loved ones are waiting to be found.

For many Afghans, the 10-year-old radio program is their only hope. It has helped reunite more than a dozen families and provided closure to many more. In the process, it has become one of Afghanistan’s most popular programs.

“We have to recognize Afghanistan will not be a perfect place, and it is not America’s responsibility to make it one. The future of Afghanistan must be decided by Afghans.”


More than half of the 2.6 million Americans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan struggle with physical or mental health problems stemming from their service, feel disconnected from civilian life and believe the government is failing to meet the needs of this generation’s veterans, according to a poll conducted by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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