The Afghanistan Memory Home is an online museum dedicated to preserving the stories and honoring the memories of Afghan war victims. It serves as a safe and inclusive space for victims and survivors and their families to share their experiences, fostering a sense of community and participating in an important memorialization process, as well as providing a comprehensive perspective on the profound impact of war in Afghanistan. Furthermore, the Afghanistan Memory Home plays a crucial role in documenting and archiving victims and incidents related to decades of conflict, contributing significantly to a historical understanding and truth-telling efforts.

Encouraging ongoing community participation, the Afghanistan Memory Home aims to facilitate a dynamic and evolving dialogue about the past and the diverse narratives of those affected by the war. This platform stands as a testament to the resilience and strength of the Afghan people, ensuring that the profound stories of struggle and survival are not only respectfully recorded but also actively remembered, contributing to a deeper understanding of the root causes of the Afghan conflict.


The Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO) is an independent, non-governmental, and non-for-profit organization, which is committed to promoting human rights, democracy and justice in Afghanistan through investigating and documenting atrocity crimes, advocating for a victim-centered justice such as through international justice mechanisms, designing cultural and artistic initiatives to foster inter-community peace and dialogue, and developing public memory and recollection of millions of war victims as an antidote to the deep-seated culture of impunity and the profoundly in-grained ethos of war and violence in the country.

History of the Afghanistan Memory Home


In 2011, the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO) launched a memorialization project known as the "Memory Box Initiative" with the purpose of preserving, reviving, and nurturing the memories of Afghan war victims. The physical construction of Memory Boxes gave a tangible form to the concept of memorialization. With technical assistance from AHRDO, the survivors, comprising family members and relatives of the war victims, constructed metal and wooden boxes.


Over the course of the past decade, AHRDO has collected approximately 15,000 personal belongings, objects, and items that once belonged to war victims. This collection encompasses not only confidential and classified documents but also includes the compilation of 1,000 war victim narratives known as "Memories of Life." Additionally, AHRDO has meticulously compiled and consolidated a comprehensive list featuring personal details and photographs of 10,000 war victims, alongside the identification of 170 mass grave sites.


The success of the Memory Box Initiative led to the establishment of the Afghanistan Centre for Memory and Dialogue (ACMD) in 2019, serving as the first war victims' memorial center in Afghanistan. The establishment of the Afghanistan Centre for Memory and Dialogue (ACMD), a specialized institution of AHRDO working on memory and dialogue, which accommodated the collected memories of Afghan war victims, has been the direct outcome of a decade-long memorialization project.


Following the collapse of the Afghan Government in August 2021, AHRDO was compelled to close the Center. Today, the new 'Afghanistan Memory Home' includes not only a digital version of the memory boxes and the personal details of war victims but also documents, statements, infographics, and an interactive map of the incidents.


In our virtual museum, we aim to shift the narrative surrounding the conflict in Afghanistan. Rather than solely focusing on its geopolitical motivations, complexities, and main actors, we recognize the need to amplify the voices and stories of the victims—the individuals who have suffered the most and whose experiences have often been overlooked. Each life lost or affected by war carries a profound personal story made of dreams, memories, affection, and struggles. Every loss inflicts a deep wound upon the social fabric of society. It is our belief that these victims deserve to be remembered, their stories told, and their experiences documented.

Database Methodology and Limitations

AHRDO follows a comprehensive methodology, centering around the voices and experiences of victims and survivors, witnesses, and affected communities. The organization recognizes the importance of primary sources in building an accurate and reliable database about victims and human rights violations in Afghanistan. AHRDO engages directly with witnesses, survivors, and the families of victims. Through art-based and interactive workshops, interviews, and testimonies, AHRDO collects firsthand accounts of the incidents, atrocities, and human rights violations. AHRDO also utilizes Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) techniques to augment the collection and verification of secondary sources. By leveraging OSINT methods, AHRDO enhances its ability to gather and corroborate information from publicly available materials such as media reports, official documents, and other relevant sources.

AHRDO employs a victim-centered approach, putting the needs, perspectives, and well-being of victims at the center of its work. This approach ensures that victims and survivors are active participants in the process and contribute to the documentation and advocacy efforts.

Through its victim-centered methodology, AHRDO aims to create a database that is not just a repository of information but a tool for honoring the memory of war victims and promoting truth, justice, and reconciliation. Despite our utmost dedication, this database cannot encompass a comprehensive record of victims and incidents.