Sana Safi

Sana Safi (ثنا ساپۍ - born 1989) is an Afghan broadcast journalist, currently working for BBC World Service

Sana Safi ثنا ساپۍ
ResidenceLondon, England
OccupationJournalist, News Presenter, Writer
TelevisionBBC Pashto

Early years

Sana Safi was born in Kabul and raised in Kandahar, Helmand, Nangarhar and across other cities in Afghanistan.[1] Safi left Afghanistan in 2007 and is currently living in the United Kingdom.[2] She is fluent in Pashto, Dari and English.


Safi lives in London where she works for the BBC. She started her career as a presenter/producer for a children's programme in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad before joining the BBC Afghan's Afghan Woman Hour programme and main current affairs transmissions later.

She is currently a presenter for BBC Pashto's TV show which is a 30 minutes show,[3] made of local, regional and international news.[4] Safi was the first journalist to speak to Afghanistan's Lebanese-American First Lady Rula Ghani in her first broadcast interview after her husband Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai took office.[5]


Alongside Safi's journalistic work, she is known for her fictional writings. She writes mainly short stories which has been widely published in her native country Afghanistan. Her short stories tell the tale of a young independent Muslim woman who knows all about the secrets of her country of origin and traditions and is also very much integrated into a western society.

She tells the contrasting features of East and West and the similarities of human kind. Considering her background and upbringing Safi doesn't shy away from discussing some fundamental social issues in her stories. She has written about a wide range of topics, sexual, and physical violence against women, to the more controversial topics such as dating, socializing and daily life of a young westerner.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "It's not easy being a Pashtun woman in the media". PakTribune. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2014. "Working as a Pashtun female is not easy in any field," said one of my Pashtun journalist friends, Sana Safi.
  2. ^ "Emotional return to a changing Afghanistan". BBC Afghan Service. 18 October 2014. Retrieved 18 October 2014. On a cold November morning in 2007, I had kissed my family goodbye and left for Kabul airport – destination: London.
  3. ^ News, News on. "BBC to Air Live TV News Bulletin in Pashto - News on News". Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  4. ^ "BBC Pashto on TV now- multimedia". BBC Pashto.
  5. ^ "Afghanistan first lady Rula Ghani moves into the limelight". BBC World News. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Short Story: Life and Death by Sana Safi -culture". Taand.

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