ca. 1990s, Kabul, Afghanistan --- Afghan Leader Ahmed Shah Massoud --- Image by ©  Reza; Webistan/CORBIS

Regular Publications (temporary magazines):

In order to compile viewpoints and thoughts of Massoud, and for his commemoration and provision of insight on the struggles and performances of the people of Afghanistan during the Jihad period, the Foundation began to publish a magazine entitled “Yad-e-Yar”. The magazine that used to be published every quarter was distributed to cultural and social institutions, and other interested bodies for free. The magazine was printed in three volumes, and the first one was published in fifty issues during the period from June 2003 (Jawza 1382) to the year 2013 (1392).

In addition to the Yad-e-Yar quarterly, another magazine that focused more on issues related to families, adolescents, and youth was also developed, and mostly covered topics from psychological standpoints adjusted to norms of Afghan community and aimed at resolving current social issues. This magazine was entitled “Baran” and was printed on a monthly basis, and too distributed for free to people and institutions.

Besides these two magazines, i.e. Yad-e-Yar, and Baran, provincial offices and agencies of the foundation in Mazar-e-Sharif, Herat, Takhar, Samangan, and other provinces also published magazines such as Par-e-Parwaz, Sukhan, Andisha, Hamshahri, Daricha-e-Zindagi, Aybak, etc.

The first issue of the third volume of Yad-e-Yar magazine, that was then being printed annually, was published on the sixteenth death anniversary of Ahmad Shah Massoud in September 2017 (Sunbula 1396). The second number of this volume was published on his seventeenth death anniversary.

Irregular Publications (books and articles):

This initiative aims to help the cultural community and writers of Afghanistan who cannot afford to print and publish their most valuable pieces. Massoud Foundation has so far supported print and publication of more than 100 books of different authors covering different topics such as history, religion, thought, society, politics, literature (mementos, poems, and stories), and memories to name but few. These contents included but not limited to We and Pakistan, Years of Invasion and Resistance and a Delusive Morning, by Mohammad Akram Andishmand; Highlighting the Work of Massoud, by Hafizullah Mansoor; Massoud: An Intimate Portrait of the Legendary Afghan Leader, by Marcela Grad, translate by Zohra Zaheer; Four Years with Ahmad Shah Massoud, by Dr. Sayed Azizurahman Safawi;  Ahmad Shah Massoud: The Martyr of Peace and Freedom, by Mujiburahman Rahimi; The Deadlock, by Ahmad Zia Rafat; From This Viewpoint, by Mohammad Mohiq; Pines Are Still There, by Mohammad Zahir Rustami; Toward Success, by Hamid Elmi; Near and Around the Commander, by Fahim Dashti; and The Candle Land, by Shamriz.

Another section of the Foundation’s cultural activities is concerned with the spoken history of Jihad and resistance. In this regard, the foundation plans to conduct special interviews with commanders and individuals participated in Jihad, and other leaders of different parties and groups to talk about Jihad and resistance.

Since Afghanistan went through hard conditions, it is vital to focus on the training and education of its citizens. Therefore, the main activities of this Foundation focused on two areas, i.e. cultural and educational areas. We would like to first begin by illustrating these two areas here.

ca. 1990s, Near Kabul, Afghanistan --- Ahmed Shah Massoud Chatting With Friend --- Image by ©  Reza; Webistan/CORBIS