Laura Cesaretti

Laura Cesaretti is an Italian freelance journalist based in Afghanistan. She has previously worked in Turkey and Lebanon, covering the Syrian humanitarian crisis. She holds an MA in International Politics from City University London and an MA in Media Research and Journalism from La Sapienza, University of Rome.

Ramadan in Italy: Between Prejudice and Solidarity

June 30, 2017

In Italy, civil society is leading the way for integration of the Muslim community. It’s 33C degrees in Rome. The beaches are already full and the bars are playing loud music serving cold beers. “The problem is not fasting,” says Youssef, a young Moroccan who works as a barman. “The...

Afghanistan: The Stolen Tale of Khorasan

February 22, 2017

Afghanistan’s Khorasan region is often associated with war and social conservatism, yet it has a rich history of religious tolerance and a passion for art. Whether known to be the graveyard of empires or the land of lions, Afghanistan has always been perceived as the motherland of fearless, rural fighters....

In Helmand, Even Pain Has Become a Luxury

July 28, 2016

Even after all the years of conflict, the battle for Helmand is something that locals find difficult to understand. Lashkar-gah. Hospitals are tough. The disinfectant smell trapped inside these walls, along with that of plastic furniture, would flood anyone with a sense of anxiety. Yet here in Helmand, one of...

First Co-Working Space Opens in Afghanistan

May 18, 2016

A new generation of entrepreneurs are aiming to prove that creativity is alive and kicking in Afghanistan.  The idea first started in New York City’s Soho district and arrived in Kabul’s Karte Seh—a recently rebuilt residential area. “[A] few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the co-working space...