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  • November 24, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Marijuana Production Legalized in Afghanistan
    BBC News: The Taliban government's interior ministry has announced that Cpharm, based in Australia, is set to invest $ 450 million in setting up a hashish factory in Afghanistan. "All cannabis products in Afghanistan will be legally contracted only with this company," said ministry spokesman Saeed Khosti. A spokesman for the Taliban's interior ministry told Cpharm that the project would require 30 acres of land to cultivate cannabis.      Full news...

  • November 24, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Three young girls were injured in Faryab
    Etlaat-e-Rooz: Local Taliban officials in Faryab province confirm that three young girls in the province have been wounded in the chest by their brothers. Shamsullah Mohammadi added that the girls have now been transferred to Faryab Provincial Hospital for treatment. He explained that the girls were first taken from their residence in the third district of Maimana by their two brothers and another person to an area on the outskirts of the city, and then wounded with a shotgun.      Full news...

  • November 20, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Girls at increasing risk of child marriage
    UN News: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received credible reports of families in Afghanistan offering daughters as young as 20 days old for future marriage in return for a dowry. In a statement released on Friday, the agency’s Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, said that she was “deeply concerned” over reports that child marriage is on the rise.      Full news...

  • November 18, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan ‘on the brink of catastrophe’: UN envoy
    AlJazeera: The UN envoy for Afghanistan says the country is “on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe”, urging the international community to find ways to provide financial support to the Afghan people, who “feel abandoned”. Deborah Lyons said an estimated 60 percent of Afghanistan’s 38 million people are facing crisis levels of hunger in a food emergency that will likely worsen over the winter.      Full news...

  • November 13, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A surgeon who helps burned Afghan women is now in hiding, afraid for her life
    NPR: At 32 years old, Dr. K is old enough to remember the first time the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in 1995. She was 7 when girls were banned from school. "For years, my mother ensured that we continued our studies in secret classes conducted by women teachers in their homes," she says. Inspired by her mother, who worked as a gynecologist, she enrolled to study medicine after the fall of the Taliban in 2001. By 2016, she had become a surgical resident at the country's only burn center, in the western province of Herat.      Full news...

  • November 3, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Targeted killings; four Afghan women shot dead in Mazar-e-Sharif
    Independent Persian: Relatives of a woman activist say that corpses of their daughter and three other girls are found in a pit near the Khalid ibn al-Walid town in Mazar-e-Sharif. One of the victims is Forouzan Safi, a 30-year-old woman. Forouzan was active in civil and advocacy activities for women and taught at a private university in Mazar-e-Sharif.      Full news...

  • November 2, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Dozens Killed in ISIS Attack on Military Hospital in Afghanistan’s Capital
    The New York Times: At least 25 people were killed and more than a dozen were wounded during an attack by the Islamic State on a military hospital in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Tuesday, according to local officials, with gunfire and explosions echoing throughout the city into the afternoon. The attack, which included armed gunmen and at least one suicide bomber, targeted the 400-bed Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan military hospital in one of Kabul’s more affluent neighborhoods, where both wounded soldiers who fought for the former government and Taliban fighters were being treated.      Full news...

  • October 25, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Children Dying from Starvation in Kabul, Food Crisis Leaves 14 Million Afghan Children Hungry
    Save the Children: More children in Afghanistan are going hungry than ever before, according to UN data analysed by Save the Children, with 22.8 million people – including almost 14m children – expected to face crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity this winter. Yesterday it was reported that eight children from the same family died of starvation in Kabul after losing both of their parents. The siblings - four boys and four girls - were aged between just 18 months and eight years old.      Full news...

  • October 22, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan journalists lament ‘bleak’ future for media under Taliban
    Aljazeera: Shabir Ahmadi started his job at TOLO TV, Afghanistan’s largest private broadcaster, during one of the darkest days for the media in the war-torn nation: January 21, 2016.The evening before, a Taliban suicide bomber had killed a graphic designer, video editor, set decorator, three dubbing artists and a driver who worked for TOLO’s entertainment wing.      Full news...

  • October 15, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Shia mosque bombing in Afghanistan that killed at least 47 claimed by ISKP
    The Guardian: A suicide bombing at a mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar has killed at least 47 people and injured more than 80, in the second major attack on Shia worshippers in Afghanistan in a week.The Imam Bargah mosque was particularly crowded when the attackers struck, because the community had been holding memorial prayers for the victims of the previous bombing, in northern Kunduz province.      Full news...

  • October 8, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IS bomber kills 46 inside Afghan mosque, challenges Taliban
    AP: KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Islamic State suicide bomber struck at a mosque packed with Shiite Muslim worshippers in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 46 people and wounding dozens in the latest security challenge to the Taliban as they transition from insurgency to governance.      Full news...

  • October 5, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban hang bodies of dead ‘criminals’ in gruesome public display
    New York Post: The Taliban hung the dead bodies of three alleged criminals in public view in Afghanistan on Tuesday — a shocking display reminiscent of the Islamic militant group’s brutal regime of the late 1990s.The alleged criminals were killed by a man after they tried to break into his home, deputy governor Mawlawi Shir Ahmad Muhajir told AFP.      Full news...

  • October 3, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Displaced Afghan Mother Sells Infant to Save Her Ill Daughter
    ToloNews: An Afghan woman displaced from Baghlan province to Kabul due to fighting prior to the fall of Kabul, has sold her one and a half years old infant due to poverty. Living in a tent in Kabul, the mother, Lailuma, said she had no option but to sell her infant to treat her 13-year-old daughter who is sick.      Full news...

  • October 3, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bomb at Kabul mosque kills 5 civilians, Taliban say
    AP News: KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least five civilians were killed in a bomb blast outside a Kabul mosque Sunday, a Taliban official said. It was the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since U.S. forces left at the end of August.There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but suspicion fell on Islamic State extremists who have stepped up attacks on the Taliban in recent weeks, particularly in an IS stronghold in eastern Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • October 2, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban crack down on Afghan women's protest
    NHK News: Armed Taliban fighters have forcibly dispersed a group of women who were demanding that girls in Afghanistan be allowed to return to secondary school. The protest took place on Thursday in the capital Kabul. About 10 Taliban fighters rushed to the scene and threatened the women to leave, including by firing shots into the air.      Full news...

  • October 2, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan journalist killed “by armed men” in Jalalabad
    RAWANews: Sayed Maroof Sadat, an Afghan journalist, was assassinated in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, local media reports. He is the third journalist killed since the Taliban takeover. Two others were killed in Kabul Airport explosion in August. Since Taliban rule solidified in the country, at least 153 media outlets have had to shut down over increasing threats towards journalists while female media employees have been barred from work entirely.      Full news...

  • September 23, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    America’s Generals Are Cowards. Fire Them All.
    The Intercept: IF YOU ARE waiting for an American general to resign or be fired over the drone strike that killed seven children and three men in Kabul last month, you will likely experience the meaning of infinity.You might think that the Pentagon would be scrambling to find a general to take the fall for what can no longer be denied: that the U.S. military killed 10 Afghans on August 29, called it a “righteous strike” against terrorists, and then had to admit the truth after journalists found out what happened. But don’t bet your bitcoin on it.      Full news...

  • September 20, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Giving birth under the Taliban
    BBC: In a matter of weeks, the birthing unit Rabia delivered her baby in had been stripped down to its bare basics. She was given no pain relief, no medicine and no food.The hospital sweltered in temperatures topping 43C (109F) - the power had been cut and there was no fuel to work the generators. "We were sweating like we were taking a shower," says Rabia's midwife Abida, who worked tirelessly in darkness to deliver the baby by mobile phone light.      Full news...

  • September 19, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul government’s female workers told to stay at home by Taliban
    The Guardian: Female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men, the interim mayor of Afghanistan’s capital said on Sunday, detailing the latest restrictions on women by the new Taliban rulers. The decision to prevent most female city workers from returning to their jobs is another sign that the Taliban, who overran Kabul last month, are enforcing their harsh interpretation of Islam despite initial promises by some that they would be tolerant and inclusive.      Full news...

  • September 19, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women stage ‘silent protest’ in support of girls’ education in Afghanistan
    Anadolu Agency: KABUL, Afghanistan _A small group of women gathered in Kabul on Sunday for a “silent protest” against the interim Taliban administration's decision permitting only boys and male teachers to resume their educational activities in Afghanistan.Although it failed to get much public attention, women managed to register their disapproval of the Taliban decision before representatives from certain international media outlets in the capital city.      Full news...

  • September 11, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan women
    The Statesman: The recent developments in Afghanistan, particularly since August 2021 have brought forth many tumultuous issues with respect to life, liberty, and rights of resident Afghans in their country. Of particular concern is the position of women and the challenges they face in the wake of the resurgence of Taliban after 20 years as the group’s earlier regime from 1996 to 2000 had almost decimated women’s rights to freedom, health, education, life, and liberty. The world is watching with concerned anticipation as to how events will unfold in near future, and, what such developments would mean for the average Afghan women and girls.      Full news...

  • September 9, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    97 percent of Afghans could plunge into poverty by mid 2022, says UNDP
    UNDP: New York – Afghanistan teeters on the brink of universal poverty. As much as 97 percent of the population is at risk of sinking below the poverty line unless a response to the country’s political and economic crises is urgently launched, according to a rapid appraisal released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).The study, which analysed four potential scenarios of escalating intensity and isolation, indicates that real GDP could contract by as much as 13.2 percent, leading to an increase in the poverty rate of up to 25 percentage points.      Full news...

  • September 7, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban fire in air after protesters, including women, join anti-Pakistan rally in Kabul
    Reuters: Taliban gunmen fired in the air on Tuesday to scatter protesters in the Afghan capital of Kabul, witnesses said, as video showed scores of people scurrying to escape volleys of gunfire, although there were no immediate reports of injuries. Hundreds of men and women shouting slogans such as “Long live the resistance,” and “Death to Pakistan” marched in the streets to protest against the Taliban and what they called interference in Afghanistan’s affairs by neighbouring Pakistan.      Full news...

  • September 4, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban Fighters Crush a Women’s Protest Amid Flickers of Resistance
    New York Times: The women were assaulted with rifle butts, tear gas and metal clubs, while anti-Taliban rebels in the north vowed to repel an assault by the Islamist group. Several of the women, who were demanding inclusion in the yet-to-be named Taliban government, said they were beaten by Taliban fighters — some of the first concrete evidence of harsh treatment of women by the group.      Full news...

  • August 31, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S. drone strike in Kabul kills 10 civilians mostly children
    AFP: "The rocket came and hit the car full of kids inside our house," said Aimal Ahmadi. He said 10 members of the family died in the air strike -- including his own daughter and five other children. On Monday, when AFP visited the scene, Aimal was impatiently waiting for other relatives to arrive to help him organise burials for most of his family.      Full news...

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