Afghan media pioneer who started the first all-female news network, now a refugee in Wisconsin
“The place where we live, our floor is like 20-30 people … five or six families live together,” Samar said.
Food and supplies, he said, are easier to obtain in Fort. McCoy now that the distribution process has been improved.
“There have been a lot of improvements, but at the beginning it was very difficult, there were a lot of challenges and problems,” Samar said. “But now we’re so happy.”
It’s a new daily for the moment, having left behind a successful medium.
“We had a strong vision for our country that Zan TV should play a very important role in society,” Samar said. “Unfortunately, it all went away in a very short minute.”
Samar launched Zan TV, a television news channel for women in Kabul, in 2017.
Her 15-year-old daughter worked as a host at the station, along with the other female reporters on many of the channel’s shows.
Zan TV also organized a media training program, allowing more than 200 women to enter the field.
“We know the Taliban, they will never accept, in particular, a television channel for women… that’s something the Taliban will never accept,” Samar said.
There have been occasional posts to Zan TV’s website as their efforts have gone digital.
For now, Samar continues to coordinate with staff scattered around the world as he tries to work out the next step.
He said the goal was to be able to come back in some form with Zan TV.
“Absolutely, this is my vision… this is my hope,” Samar said.