Pregnant, single, unwanted: Kiwi journalist stranded in Afghanistan

The pregnant New Zealand journalist Charlotte Bellis (35) has found refuge with Afghanistan’s Taliban. Bellis is unmarried. She was forced to leave Qatar after becoming pregnant in the country, where births outside marriage are banned.

Bellis worked for the Arabic news channel Al Jazeera’s English-language Afghanistan service. In Doha, the station’s headquarters, she realized that she was pregnant. As it is illegal to be pregnant and unmarried in Qatar, she kept her pregnancy a secret. This while Bellis was trying to return to New Zealand in her distress. But strict Covid 19 regulations prohibit her from returning home. She submitted 59 documents. All were turned away.

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