September 30, 2014, PAN: A district development council head was killed in a militant attack in southeastern Paktia province while four people -- believed to be civilians -- lost their lives in a NATO drone strike in southern Khost on Tuesday. Paktia police chief, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Zaman told Pajhwok Afghan News the development council head for Syed Karam district Mirza Mohammad was shot dead by militants in the morning.
September 28, 2014, The Killid Group: Two camps for the internally displaced that were opened in 2007 are posing a challenge to security forces in Herat province. An investigation. The camps called Shaidayee and Maslakh, in the west and east of Herat City, are home to more than 10,000 people displaced from provinces such as Badghis, Helmand, Ghor and Faryab. They were driven out of their homes by conflict, or a prolonged drought that emptied many villages.
September 25, 2014, IWPR: Sharaf sat under a tree in Jalalabad’s Saraj al-Emarat park, his hands trembling. Wearing clothes that looked as if they had gone unwashed for months, the frail 27-year-old attempted to conceal a small object in his hand. Asked what it was, he retorted, “It’s heroin. Can’t you see?” Only two years ago, Sharif was an officer in the Afghan police force, but it was that job that brought him into contact with illegal drug use.
September 24, 2014, PAN: Powerful individuals, illegal commanders and armed men were involved in most of 245 sexual abuse cases occurred in various provinces over the past six months, a survey said on Wednesday. The survey by the New Afghanistan Women Association (NAWA) was conducted in Kunduz, Takhar, Jawzjan, Herat, Balkh and Sar-i-Pul provinces, interviewing 2,000 people including women.
September 22, 2014, PAN: Various unwanted factors have led to the closure of more than 80 percent of female schools in western Ghor province, it is learnt. Ghor is home to some 8000 registered schools, including 190 schools for girls. More than 125, 000 boys and 83, 000 girls study in these schools. The provincial chapter of Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has expressed its grave concerns over the closure of so many schools in Ghor.