Chris Sands, 37, is a freelance journalist who has been reporting from Afghanistan since 2005 - living there for more than nine of those years. His writing and photography have been published by Le Monde, the New Statesman, Esquire, Mother Jones, The National, Aljazeera, The Islamic Monthly, the Independent and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has been interviewed about Afghanistan for BBC Radio 4's Today Programme. In 2008 the New Statesman nominated him for a Foreign Press Award. Chris' writing featured in the 2010 book The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Verso). That same year his photography was used in a charity exhibition designed to educate school children in the north of England about
asylum seekers and refugees. He is currently writing a book examining the secret history of the Afghan Islamist party Hizb-e Islami and its leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. The book is due to be published by Hurst in September 2019. Prior to moving to Afghanistan Chris worked as a freelance journalist in the Occupied Palestinian Territories during the Second Intifada and in Iraq during the early stages of the US-led occupation. He also lived in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Chris first learned his trade on local newspapers in the UK. He now divides his time between Afghanistan and London. All photographs on this website are ©Chris Sands 2019. All Rights Reserved.