The first step
At the age of 13, Natasha Latiff came across an article about Afghanistan and the oppressive conditions its citizens faced under the Taliban regime. She soon began sponsoring a former Afghan refugee who had returned to Kabul after years of exile in Pakistan. When she was 17, Latiff made her first trip to Afghanistan to meet with this child — without her parents’ knowledge.
Having spent the years between 2011 and 2014 in Kabul as a human rights advisor, Latiff has returned to Singapore to complete her legal training. She remains an executive director of Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights, a non-government organisation she founded in 2007, as a law student at the University of Warwick. Latiff travels to Kabul at least once a year, either to volunteer with education projects for children or to campaign for human rights.
Food for thought
“The work of human rights [workers] in conflict zones is one of many disappointments and guilt — for not doing enough. There is too much to do. The former president of Doctors Without Borders, Rony Brauman, puts it aptly: In this type of work, we ‘inscribe ourselves in failure’.”