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15 Minute Drama

An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk: Series 4

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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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. Show less

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