As mujahideen groups fought with communists in the 1980s, they not only targeted military forces but civilians associated with the regime. School teachers and civil servants were not spared. They were kidnapped and tried by mujahideen special courts and often sentenced to violent deaths. Sher Ahmad, a teacher from Obe District, in Herat, recalls surviving one such ordeal. Feruz Zia reports for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting.
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