A highway that begins crumbling before it is finished. A school with a collapsed roof. A clinic with faulty plumbing. A farmers’ cooperative that farmers can’t use. Afghan police and military that, after training, are incapable of providing the most basic security.

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An Exile Finds Home

Fariba's talk in TEDx Monterey California.

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Welcome to Fariba Nawa’s Website


Nawa’s memoir and investigative work Opium Nation is a recommended book on Afghanistan and the largest opiates trade in the world. She’s working on her second book.


She has worked for 15 years as a freelance journalist, covering war, corruption, human/women’s rights, cultural trends and parenting for a variety of renowned publications as well as radio.


Nawa is an informative and inspirational speaker on various topics and has spoken on TEDx, World Affairs Council, Commonwealth Club, prominent television programs and major universities.

News Trainer

She has trained local journalists across the world from Cairo to Kabul and taught journalism at San Francisco State University. Her expertise is in investigative reporting and storytelling.