Everyday Story Of Afghan Folk, An [15md]

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Farmer Mewa Gul and his family fear they must flee the village.

When farmer Mewa Gul wakes in the night to discover someone is stealing his cows, he stops the intruders but not before they have shot a valuable animal. Recognising one of the intruders as the Khan's son, he gingerly approaches the warlord to complain. Instead of compensating him, Akbar Khan is outraged by his suggestion, claiming has dishonoured him.

Will the pitifully poor farmer and his family have to flee from the village in the face of his threats? It was their place of refuge when they fled from the fighting many years ago. Now Mewa Gul's son urges him to return to their home village and take back their land there. But his sister, Zarlakhta, married to the Khan's son, is horrified by this possibility.

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk is a slice of village life from the wild, mountainous Pakistan-Afghan borders where the only law is tribal law and there is no road, electricity or phone - and warlords are hard to contain. It is based on characters and storylines from PACT Radio's daily soap, made by and for Afghans.

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt

Written and directed in the UK by Liz Rigbey

Sound design by David Chilton

Music by Olivia Thomas

Executive Producer: John Dryden

Producer: Anne-Marie Cole

An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4.

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Zarlakhta is devastated when the Khan drives her parents and brother from the village.

Mewa Gul has inadvertently dishonoured the Khan. Now he must flee with his family, leaving his daughter to live with her husband and new family - the family of Akbar Khan. Zarlakhta is devastated by their departure but her brother, Taza Gul, has been finding out about the incentives for returning refugees. He is hopeful that they can claim back their land in the village they fled from many years ago.

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk is a slice of village life from the wild, mountainous Pakistan-Afghan borders where the only law is tribal law and there is no road, electricity or phone - and warlords are hard to contain. It is based on characters and storylines from PACT Radio's daily soap, made by and for Afghans.

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt

Written and directed in the UK by Liz Rigbey

Sound design by David Chilton

Music by Olivia Thomas

Executive Producer: John Dryden

Producer: Anne-Marie Cole

An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4.

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The Khan's son ransacks the village shop, and now his father must take him in hand.

When Akbar Khan finds his son has ransacked the village shop, he decides it's time for him to grow up - by marrying. But Mashal does not want to marry his brother's widow any more than she wants to marry him. She stands on her widow's rights and hopes to persuade her father to support her at a village meeting (the jirga). But her father, shopkeeper Sardar Aka and his two wives know that this might be such a dangerous course of action that they too, could be forced to flee

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk is a slice of village life from the wild, mountainous Pakistan-Afghan borders where the only law is tribal law and there is no road, electricity or phone - and warlords are hard to contain. It is based on characters and storylines from PACT Radio's daily soap, made by and for Afghans.

Cast:

Sardar Aka....Madhav Sharma

Gulnara....Rina Fatania

Sakina....Rakhee Thakra

Kashmala....Betsabeh Emran

Akbar Khan....Sagar Arya

Durranai....Sudha Bhucher

Mashal....Muzz Khan

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt

Written and directed in the UK by Liz Rigbey

Sound design by David Chilton

Music by Olivia Thomas

Executive Producer: John Dryden

Producer: Anne-Marie Cole

An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4.

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15MD0420150507

Mewa Gul and his family have fled the Pak-Afghan mountains for their home village.

Mewa Gul and his family have fled Akbar Khan for the home village they left during the fighting many years ago. But the returning refugees find the village partly ruined by war, and their land and house occupied.

They have an agreement with the powerful local Malik that if they repay their mortgage they can take back their land - but now he shows no sign of honouring that agreement. Worse, a local Taliban fighter is anxious to recruit Taza Gul to their cause.

In the village they have left on the Pak-Afghan borders, their daughter mourns their departure, while Shah Bibi and Wisal fear that Kashmala is next in line for Akbar Khan's fury.

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk is a slice of village life from the wild, mountainous Pakistan-Afghan borders where the only law is tribal law and there is no road, electricity or phone - and warlords are hard to contain. It is based on characters and storylines from PACT Radio's daily soap, made by and for Afghans.

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt

Written and directed in the UK by Liz Rigbey

Sound design by David Chilton

Music by Olivia Thomas

Executive Producer: John Dryden

Producer: Anne-Marie Cole

An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4.

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15MD0520150508

When Kashmala asserts her widow's right not to marry again, Akbar Khan is furious.

Mashal Khan does not want to marry his brother's widow as tradition dictates. And Kashmala asserts her widow's right to choose, persuading her father to argue her case at the village jirga.

But the case doesn't get that far.

When Akbar Khan learns he is being opposed he sets out to find her and settle matters with his gun. Kashmala must flee, with her father, Sardar Aka, and his two wives. They set off behind Mewa Gul to the village they left long ago during the fighting. For older wife Gulnara this is fine as she has land and family in the old village. But younger Sakina feels she is losing everything. As for Kashmala, she relishes this new beginning.

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk is a slice of village life from the wild, mountainous Pakistan-Afghan borders where the only law is tribal law and there is no road, electricity or phone - and warlords are hard to contain. It is based on characters and storylines from PACT Radio's daily soap, made by and for Afghans.

Based on a PACT Radio production led by John Butt

Written and directed in the UK by Liz Rigbey

Sound design by David Chilton

Music by Olivia Thomas

Executive Producer: John Dryden

Producer: Anne-Marie Cole

An Above the Title production for BBC Radio 4.