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Afghan Journalist Zabihullah Tamanna Breathes His Last In Kabul

NPR's Philip Reeves, who recruited Zabihullah Tamanna to NPR, described him as "a wonderful, compassionate and courageous man."

A 2011 picture of Zabihullah Tamanna. Image Courtesy: npr.org
  • Zabihullah Tamanna died due to a Taliban attack on Sunday, June 5
  • Zabi used to work as a photojournalist for a Chinese News Agency, Xinhua
  • NPR Correspondent Tom Browman described Zabihullah as a brave and trustworthy man

Zabihullah Tamanna, an interpreter for the NPR, was killed along with NPR’s very own photojournalist David Kelly last Sunday. The two, who were on an assignment of high importance, were travelling in a highly armored Humvee, which was attacked by a rocket-propelled grenade. The Taliban militants, who have wrecked terror in Afghanistan, are believed to be behind the attacks.

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Zabihullah, who was known as Zabi, worked as a photojournalist for the Chinese news agency Xinhua. More recently, he wrote for Turkey’s Anadolu News Agency. Zabi, as he was popularly called, had also written the high ticket story of the afghan president’s swearing in.

Pentagon correspondent of NPR Tom Bowman and producer Monika Evstatieva were also working on the assignment. Travelling in a separate vehicle, however, they were not injured.

Taliban members. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Taliban members. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

NPR’s Philip Reeves, who recruited Zabihullah Tamanna to NPR, said he had deep respect for the man. Phil wrote in a remembrance letter:

 “He was a tall man with a warm smile, who somehow managed to couple a casual manner with a quiet sense of authority. It soon became clear that he had a great eye for a story, and that people from every level of society simply liked and trusted him, an essential quality in the journalism business.

“Zabi seemed at ease with everyone; he persuaded senior politicians, young male migrants heading to Europe, female victims of war, and many, many more to speak into NPR’s microphone — and, by doing so, to shine a light on their nation’s unending conflict.

“On one unforgettable occasion, he managed to persuade an Afghan people smuggler to sit down and tell us all about his illicit trade over a lunch of grilled chicken and green tea.”

Zabihullah’s loved ones are grief stricken. Even through all the pain, Zabi’s widow, Fawzia Tamanna told NPR, “Please tell the world he was the finest man.”

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the attack “a grim reminder of the danger that continues to face the Afghan people.”

-written by Saurabh Bodas, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @saurabhbodas96




  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Such journalists should be appreciated for their courage and determination

  • devika todi

    the dangers that the Afghan people face are immense. sitting in the safety of our homes, we often forget that.

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Great Side Jobs To Earn More Money On The Side

Some alternate jobs to earn more money

Side jobs
Side jobs aren’t full-time positions and don’t require you to commit permanently. Pixabay

A side job is something you should consider trying if you’re always short on extra cash and have to live from paycheck to paycheck to pay your bills. Side jobs aren’t full-time positions and don’t require you to commit permanently. 

Well, admit it, everyone wants to earn extra cash. In fact, almost every other individual who has a regular job does a side hustle too. It’s not surprising since a single source of income won’t be enough these days. 

If you want to improve your current financial situation, you need an income booster, and that’s what side hustles or side jobs can do for you. 

Why Are Side Jobs Great?

Aside from boosting your income, side jobs can serve as your creative outlet, especially if you’re going to do something you’re passionate about, something you can’t normally do in your permanent regular job. Also, these will give you the chance to learn some new skills that you can use to bolster your resume. 

They’re great to the point that some people cobble together different gigs and turn them into a full-time source of income by working as a freelancer.

Side jobs
If you want to improve your current financial situation, you need an income booster, and that’s what side hustles or side jobs can do for you.

Another good thing about side jobs that attracts a lot of people into trying it and making it a career is that it’s flexible. Yes, flexible enough that you can work as little or as much as you would like. Depending on how much boost you want for your earnings, you can set your schedule into one that’s most convenient for you. 

Thanks to the Internet, earning money today no longer feels like a constant or never-ending struggle. It’s true, no matter where you are from and what you do for a living.

The digital world has a vast amount of opportunities; you only need to tap them and take advantage of the ways to earn some extra cash. 

This post will share great side jobs to help you earn more money on the side. Read on below to learn more.

Take Surveys

If you’re one of those searching for side hustles, look no further than taking surveys. Yes, you heard it right, spend your spare time filling out surveys online and get paid for doing so. 

Register and create your profile on survey websites and wait for companies that require survey takers to contact you. The companies are usually big brands that carry out online market research for specific products or services. 

As you probably already know, before companies release products and advertisements to the public, they’re going to tweak them using information from consumer feedback. Surveys will give them the information they need to make more money, so they don’t mind paying you for taking one.

Teach Online

One popular way to make more money on the side is to teach online. Online teaching is very flexible, and you only need a reliable Internet connection at home to make it work. Set your hours and teach individuals from different parts of the world. 

Most of the online tutoring websites have excellent teacher support to help you perform efficiently.

Pay is excellent with online tutoring, which can reach up to twenty dollars per hour. 

Get Into Craigslist Or eBay And Sell Items

Sell items on Craigslist or eBay if you want a sure way to make extra cash. 

You can sell anything online, from collectibles, household appliances, to furniture. As long as you have things at home that you don’t use anymore, you can make money out of them.

Other people even consider selling on Craigslist or eBay as a career by doing it for others. Every time you make a sale from other people’s items, you’ll get a small commission that may accumulate into a significant amount if you can sell several items in a day successfully.

Become A Driver For Rideshare Or Delivery Services

Ridesharing has become increasingly popular, and you can take advantage of it. If you own a reliable vehicle and know how to drive, you can apply as a rideshare driver and boost your income through it.

Package delivery service providers also need drivers to deliver parcels for ecommerce companies, and it’s also an excellent opportunity to earn extra cash. You can use your private car, and the schedule is flexible, so it’s possible to work on weekends or the rest days from your regular job.

Side jobs
You can also turn some of the gig economy jobs out there into a career in the future.

Rent An Extra Room In Your House On Airbnb

If you have a spare room at home, you can rent it out on Airbnb if you want some fast cash.

Once a guest successfully checks in, you’ll get paid within twenty-four hours, helping you avoid potential scams or any other problem along the way. 

You can also opt to rent out your entire house for more money. Many people do it, and renting out their properties on Airbnb have even ended up being their primary source of income.

Sell Photos

If you love photography and like to take random photos, you can monetize your curiosity and creativity by selling some of your captures online. 

Websites that buy photos online include Bigstock, Fotolia, and Shutterstock. 

If you’re serious about earning money from selling photos, you can enroll yourself in photography courses to obtain more advanced skills.

Sell Technical Services On Freelancing Platforms

If you’re a website designer or a graphic design artist, you can monetize your skills by selling your services to small businesses on freelancing platforms, like Upwork.

Other professionals, like lawyers and accountants, can also make money through freelancing platforms by helping business owners focus more on running their businesses.


The side jobs mentioned in this post are only some of the many ways to earn extra money. They’re great opportunities to boost your income and become more financially stable. You can also turn some of the gig economy jobs out there into a career in the future.