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App is Keeping Kabul Residents Informed of Takeover Trouble Spots: FT

The Ehtesab – ‘Accountability’ – app run by a firm outside the country keeps residents in Kabul up-to-date on which parts of the capital are safe

People hold signs as they protest outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office to urge the international community to help Afghan refugees, in New Delhi, India, August 23, 2021. Photo: Reuters


Afghan tech company Netlinks has helped create an app that’s keeping Kabul residents informed of which parts of the city are safe to enter during the chaotic Taliban takeover, the Financial Times has reported.

Ehtesab, which means “accountability”, is fed news and information from a team of observers who post their reports to WhatsApp before being verified and placed on the app, the report states. Co-creator and founder Sara Wahedi, who runs the site from outside of Afghanistan, said she hopes to expand coverage to the entire country. Full report: Financial Times   


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