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  • March 24, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Sopko Highlights Major Corruption Cases Among Commanders of Afghan Forces
    TOLOnews.com: The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, John F. Sopko, at an event in Duke University in the United States made shocking remarks on “corruption” among Afghan forces as he said the combination of corruption and poor leadership in the security forces in Afghanistan is the root cause for their “ineffectiveness”.      Full news...

  • March 23, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Former Defence Minister Wayne Mapp says civilian deaths in Afghanistan were “an accident”
    Stuff: Former Defence Minister Wayne Mapp has called the killing of civilians in an Afghanistan raid involving the New Zealand SAS “an accident”, and said soldiers had not committed a war crime. Authors Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson launched their book, Hit and Run, on Tuesday night, which alleges that elite New Zealand troops in Afghanistan were involved in a botched raid which killed six civilians, including a 3-year-old girl, in two isolated villages.      Full news...

  • March 22, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Seven-Year-Old Badakhshan Girl Raped
    TOLOnews.com: Badakhshan residents have slammed local police for not having arrested the man who allegedly raped a seven-year-old Faizabad girl earlier this week. The incident reportedly took place on Monday when the suspect raped the child in her home. The man allegedly entered the girl’s house while she was home alone and then tied her up and raped her.      Full news...

  • March 21, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UN: Conditions in Afghanistan Deteriorating, Kids at Great Risk
    VOA: The United Nations reports humanitarian conditions in Afghanistan are deteriorating, with children at great risk of dying at an early age from lack of health care and proper nutrition. The United Nations reports 9.3 million people in Afghanistan will need humanitarian assistance this year. The world body has appealed for 550 million USD to support 5.6 million of the most vulnerable people.      Full news...

  • March 19, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Horror at Kabul’s military hospital
    BBC News: In the Afghan capital, Kabul, there’s still widespread shock and anger at the brutal militant attack last week on the city’s main military hospital. The authorities have acted swiftly, sacking the deputy interior minister and arresting 24 hospital and military officials, including an army general. But for many Kabul residents it feels too little, too late. A local man interviewed on the street this week by state TV spoke for many.      Full news...


  • March 12, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Challenges, year after year
    The Killid Group: There is nothing new here: Maternal mortality levels have shown little improvement. The majority of deliveries are at home in the absence of medical facilities. There are few female doctors and an acute shortage of mid-wives. Among the provinces with the worst records is Uruzgan. Hamid Agha, a resident of its Charchino district, says 10 women have died in child birth over a few months. “Clinics don’t exist in most districts in our province,” he says. “If there are they are just in name; no female doctor is appointed. In an emergency we take the patient, even a woman in labour, to Tirinkoot (provincial capital).”      Full news...

  • March 8, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    New Afghan Law Targets Sexual Harassment
    IWPR: Leeda stood waiting at a Kabul bus stop, braced for a daily commute that she said inevitably involved sexual comments and snide remarks from male passers-by. The young woman said she knew about recent legislation that would make such harassment a crime under Afghan law for the first time. However, she did not have high hopes for it. “Making laws is very easy in Afghanistan, but implementing them is impossible,” she explained, smiling. “I face many problems and am disrespected and pestered every day during my journey.”      Full news...

  • March 6, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Attacks on Afghan hospitals hit children the hardest
    IRIN: An Afghan father recently described how his 15-year-old son lost both feet after stepping on a mine. He couldn’t get proper care in Kunduz City – the only trauma centre there had been destroyed – so he took a taxi more than 200 miles to Kabul. By the time his son received treatment, it was too late.      Full news...

  • March 4, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    8 Civilians Killed Over 22 Injured in Farah Province
    The Killid Group: Officials in Farah reported that over 31 civilians including women and children were killed and injured during clashes between Afghan security forces and armed anti-government oppositions. Hakim Rasouli, head physician at Farah civil hospital, said that they were killed and injured yesterday afternoon in Todnak area of Balabolok district.      Full news...

  • March 2, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Boys Sold for Sex in Afghan Province
    IWPR: The majestic blue-tiled Hazrat e-Ali mosque complex in the centre of Mazar e-Sharif serves as a recreational space as well as a place of worship for many of the city’s residents. But Ahmad Javed, (not his real name), lounging on a chair near the public toilets, was there for business. The 15-year-old was waiting for customers looking for sex at the shrine, revered as the burial place of Ali, the son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad.      Full news...

  • February 26, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Killid Group: Officials at Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) urged National Unity Government (NUG) to provide citizens with clean drinking water. Abdul Ahmad Farzan, head of the provincial office of the commission in Kabul, said that the government is obliged to supply the nation with clean drinking water.      Full news...

  • February 25, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Maternal death rates in Afghanistan may be worse than previously thought
    The Guardian: For years, declining death rates among pregnant women have been hailed as one of the great gains of foreign aid in Afghanistan. In reality, however, Afghan women dying in pregnancy or childbirth may be more than twice as high as numbers provided by donors would suggest. Since 2010, published figures have shown maternal mortality rates at 327 for every 100,000 live births, a significant drop from 1,600 in 2002.      Full news...

  • February 20, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Woman Gang-Raped After Fleeing Abusive Husband: Report
    Newsweek: A 20-year-old Afghan woman was allegedly gang-raped after escaping violence in her home, according to local media. The woman, a newlywed, was lured by a group of men and encouraged to elope with one of them after fleeing domestic violence perpetrated by her new husband, Afghan news outlet Khaama Press reports. The incident took place in northeastern Takhar province amid a surge in violence in the country over the past year.      Full news...

  • February 19, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Surely, conviction will deter this crime
    The Killid Group: Human rights activists want the police and security forces to deliver to the law the perpetrators of violence against women. Sima Samar, head of AIHRC (Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission) says, “If police do not help as much there can be no justice. We (human rights organisations) only monitor the situation.” Suraya Sobhrang of AIHRC says 3,000 cases of violence against women have been reported.      Full news...

  • February 14, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mob Kills Eloped Lovers After Storming Afghan Police Station
    The New York Times: An armed mob that included relatives of a young woman who had eloped with her lover stormed a police station holding the couple in eastern Afghanistan over the weekend, then dragged the lovers off and killed them, officials and witnesses said. The mob wounded three police officers, one of them seriously, the officials and witnesses said Sunday and Monday in providing accounts of the couple’s violent deaths, often called honor killings.      Full news...

  • February 13, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Officials Confirmed 22 Killed in US Air Strikes in Helmand
    The Killid Group: Afghan officials confirmed killing of 22 members of two families in foreign forces’ airstrikes in Sangen district of Helmand. US and Afghan forces targeted the area last Friday and asserted that armed anti-government militants fired bullets on them from the area. Later, tribal elders reported of civilian casualties in the airstrikes, a claim which was rejected by local officials.      Full news...

  • February 12, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Depression Rampant Among Afghan Women
    IWPR: The razor scars on 18-year-old Leila’s hands and neck bear witness to her past attempts at suicide. The Herat teenager told IWPR that she had become deeply depressed after her marriage to a 45-year-old man. “I married a much older man because of my parents,” she said. “Later, I realised that this was not what I wanted. I was controlled and banned from going anywhere, and his interference in every little detail of my life became unbearable...      Full news...

  • February 10, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul Addicts Using Drugged Dogs To Keep Warm
    TOLOnews.com: Drug addicts living under the Pul-e-Sukhta Bridge in Kabul claim to give feral dogs in the area drugs so that they sleep next to them at night as they try to stay warm. Addicts say they spend between 500 Afs and 800 Afs a day on drugs, using money earned in any way possible. Doctors have warned however, that this practice is extremely unhealthy as the dogs carry diseases.      Full news...

  • February 7, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UN: More than 900 children killed in Afghanistan in 2016
    The Associated Press: More than 900 children were killed in Afghanistan's conflict last year, the United Nations said Monday, calling it the most violent year for children since it started keeping records. The U.N. mission said the nearly 25 per cent increase in child deaths from the previous year was largely caused by mines and munitions left over from decades of conflict. It documented a 66 per cent increase in such deaths in 2016.      Full news...

  • February 6, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    119 People Killed In Recent Avalanches And Snowstorms
    TOLOnews.com: Senior officials on Monday confirmed 119 people have died in the past few days in avalanches and heavy snowstorms that gripped large parts of the country. They also confirmed that over 80 people were injured in weather related incidents. The minister of public works, Mahmood Baligh, said authorities have managed to reopen most key highways to traffic but urged motorists using the Salang Pass to chain their tyres.      Full news...

  • February 5, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans Debate Role of Local Militia
    IWPR: A profusion of local militias in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan are presenting a serious threat to security, according to participants in a recent IWPR debate. The situation is further complicated by the semi-legal status of some of the armed groups, recruited by the government to try and help keep order.      Full news...


  • January 31, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Radio wars: Islamic State takes over the Afghan airwaves
    IRIN: It’s a chilly winter evening in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province. Several men with blankets draped over their shoulders are playing cards under a solar-powered streetlight when someone turns on the radio. It’s time for Voice of the Caliphate, a programme broadcast by the so-called Islamic State on its pirate station.      Full news...

  • January 29, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban governor transferred to Tajikistan for treament
    Zaranj News (Translated by RAWA): The district chief of Dashte Archi district of northern Kunduz province says that the shadow governor of Kunduz province, who had been injured in a blast, was taken to Tajikistan for treatment with the help of Russians. Nassruddin Nazari said that Mullah Abdul Salam was injured in a suicide blast a week back.      Full news...


  • January 28, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    700 suicide attempts in 8 months in Afghan province
    BBC News (Translated by RAWA): Doctors in Herat hospital of Herat province say that 700 suicide attempts have been recorded in this hospital from the beginning of the solar year, and 33 of these have resulted in death. The methods used included hanging, taking poison and self-immolation.The most recent case was recorded the night before on Friday (27th January) when a 27-year-old hung himself to death.      Full news...

  • January 26, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Snow, Cold Snap Leave 27 Children Dead In Northern Afghanistan
    RFE/RL: Heavy snowfall and freezing weather has killed 27 children in a remote district of northern Afghanistan, an official says. Fifty centimeters of snow blocked roads in Darzaab in northern Jawzjan Province as temperatures plunged to minus 10 degrees Celsius, district Governor Rahmatullah Hashar said on January 26.      Full news...


  • January 18, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s Domestic Violence Loophole
    Global Voices: Campaigners are calling for the Afghan government to follow through on promises to change parts of Afghanistan’s penal code that they argue actually serves to legimitise violence against women. Article 398 of the Afghan penal code states that a man who sees “his wife or other family members” in a compromising position and kills or injures one or both of them “in order to defend his dignity and respect” will not be prosecuted for violent assault or murder.      Full news...



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