Maya Evans has now visited Afghanistan five times, which included a three-month stay last year. She is one of the very few activists in the UK who has visited Afghanistan since the 2001 NATO/ US invasion, and this gives her the ability to speak from personal experience, as well as having a grasp of the Afghan grassroots perspective on: foreign occupation, the Taliban, women’s rights, the Afghan peace movement, refugees, opium production, and the many other problems which currently grip Afghanistan.
Maya has been very involved in campaigning against the ongoing war. In 2010 she was sentenced to 14 days in HMP Bronzefield for unpaid fines relating to a protest against a NATO bombing of an Afghan wedding party; she has also prosecuted the British government for its complicity in the torture of Afghan detainees – the outcome was a “partial VICTORY.”
She works extensively with the drone campaign network, her skills range from writing articles, organising protests to Maya speaks from the heart with a style that combines the personal with facts and analysis.