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  • September 28, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Desperation drives abused Afghan women to death by fire
    AFP: In the refined, cultured and historic Afghan city of Herat, 67 young women have been admitted to the main hospital this year after setting themselves on fire. Halima is the most recent. She arrived earlier this month with third-degree burns to 30 percent of her body after dousing herself in diesel oil and setting it alight during a family argument.      Full news...

  • September 28, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Limited progress on maternal health
    IRIN: Almost a decade of donor funded health projects has resulted in a marginal reduction in maternal and child mortality, according to new estimates set out in a UN report on maternal health. Maternal deaths have fallen from 1,600 per 100,000 live births in 2001 to 1,400 in 2010, still the second highest in the world.      Full news...

  • September 28, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    An Excess of Corruption and a Deficit of Toilets: American and Karzai’s “Successes” in Afghanistan
    RAWA News: Afghanistan might be characterized as having a paucity of toilets and an excess of corruption. These two aspects capture the post-Taliban essence of the country. The “achievements” of Hamid Karzai the de facto mayor of Kabul, the United States and NATO in Afghanistan after more than eight years of U.S. occupation and approximately $25 billion in disbursed (2001-9) non-military aid, include Afghanistan being ranked as the worst place in the world for sanitation (per UNICEF data) and in 2009 posting 179th (out of 180 countries) in Transparency International’s corruption-perceptions index.      Full news...