Influencers in Afghanistan fear for their lives and they have suddenly calmed down

Influencers in Afghanistan fear for their lives and they have suddenly calmed down

The appearances of Sadhika Madatkar (22) on online networks were similar to other successful young influences. She starred in the Afghanistan Star Singing Contest and received great support for her shocking voice and her degrading demeanor as a housewife next door. But then the radical Islamist Taliban came to power again, and the lives of 22-year-olds and other prominent influencers suddenly changed.

21,200 Afghans followed Madatkar on YouTube and 182,000 on Instagram. One video shows her having fun cutting a melon, and the other shows her singing a folk song in a cafe.

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Alfred Lee covers public and private tech markets from New York. He was previously a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University, and prior to that was a reporter at the Los Angeles Business Journal. He has received a Journalist of the Year award from the L.A. Press Club and an investigative reporting award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

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