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  • March 1, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    12 years old rape victim seeks release from jail
    PAN: A 12-year-old girl on Thursday complained she had been sent to jail after being raped by her neighbour in the Shahr-i-Safa district of southern Zabul province. But prosecutors said that the girl and her two brothers were taken into custody after the alleged rapist, 21 years old, was publicly sodomised.      Full news...

  • February 29, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Brutal honor-killing of an innocent girl by strongmen
    RAWA News: Nasreen, a young girl was murdered by local strongmen on February 25, 2012 in Anchagal village, Naray district in Kunar province. The killing was over family disputes that were not made clear. Three years ago the same people shot her with an AK-47 which severely injured her but her brother, Nematullah, saved her by taking her to a hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan.      Full news...

  • February 28, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s Secret Prostitutes
    Channel 4 News: You never have to wander far from your front door in Kabul to be confronted by the dire poverty in a city where billions have been spent in foreign aid over the past decade of occupation by the west. Where an entire sub-economy has grown up around the semi-permanent presence of foreign NGOs.      Full news...

  • February 28, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    One soldier, one year: 850,000 USD and rising
    CNN: Keeping one American service member in Afghanistan costs between 850,000 USD and 1.4 million USD a year, depending on who you ask. But one matter is clear, that cost is going up. During a budget hearing today on Capitol Hill, Sen. Kent Conrad, D-North Dakota, asked Department of Defense leaders, “What is the cost per soldier, to maintain a soldier for a year in Afghanistan?”      Full news...

  • February 28, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Tracking Down Afghan Kidnappers
    IWPR: On my way home from work one day, I was on a Kabul bus listening to my fellow-passengers chat about the current spate of robberies and kidnappings. They said that far from trusting the police, they believed that some security officers and senior government officials were involved in these crimes. I was intrigued by this, as public faith in the Afghan government and its armed forces seems to have steadily decreased over the past ten years.      Full news...

  • February 27, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Senator Linked with Kidnappers, Police Say
    TOLOnews.com: Kabul Police Headquarters on Monday said it has irrefutable proof showing that AfghanSenator, Fauzia Sadat, is linked with a group of kidnappers. Mohammad Zaher, Head of Criminal Investigation Department of Kabul Police, says a letter has been sent to the Afghan Senate House, but that some of the senators are supporting Mrs Sadat.      Full news...

  • February 27, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Violence against Nangarhar women on the rise
    PAN: Cases of violence against women have increased by 10 percent during the current solar year in eastern Nangarhar province, officials said on Monday. Director of Women’s Affairs Anisa Imrani told Pajhwok Afghan News after a meeting in Jalalabad: “Eighty cases of violence against women were registered with her department last year, compared to 90 over the past 11 months.”      Full news...


  • February 24, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Millions spent on no-show teachers in Afghanistan
    IWPR: Hakimi Hayatollah is supposed to be teaching history and geography to students at the Kahrezak secondary school in Ghor province in central Afghanistan. But there’s a problem: Hayatollah knows neither Afghan history nor geography. He’s stumped when asked to identify Ahmad Shah Durrani, the first king of Afghanistan. The only major river in the country the 22-year-old can name is one that runs through Ghor province, from which it takes its name.      Full news...

  • February 24, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: IDPs at a crossroads
    IRIN: Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Afghanistan, mainly from the strife-torn southern provinces, have been heading for Kabul in the hope of finding work and a better life, but most end up living in appalling conditions in makeshift camps. Besmillah (he goes by just the one name), 38, fled the southern province of Helmand with his five children and wife two years ago after a rocket landed in his compound.      Full news...

  • February 23, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Report Finds Afghan War Displaced a Half Million Civilians
    VOA News: An international human rights group says fighting in Afghanistan has displaced half a million people who lack access to adequate housing, food and schools. London-based Amnesty International said in a report Thursday that the situation is a “horrific humanitarian and human rights crisis.”      Full news...

  • February 23, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan journalist beheaded: official
    AFP: An Afghan radio reporter was beheaded in the insurgency-plagued southeastern province of Paktika after being lured to a meeting by unidentified men, an official said Wednesday. The body of Samid Khan Bahadarzai, 25, who worked for a local radio station in the town of Urgun, was found Tuesday night near his home just hours after he received the call.      Full news...

  • February 22, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Nine Afghan girls injured in NATO air raid
    PTI: Nine schoolgirls were injured in a NATO helicopter attack in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, an Afghan official alleged Wednesday. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said it was looking into the allegation but had no immediate information.      Full news...

  • February 22, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan Targets Flight of Cash
    The Wall Street Journal: Afghanistan’s central-bank governor said he will issue new currency restrictions to stem an exodus of billions of dollars in cash—some of it in stolen U.S. aid and drug money—flowing out of the country as foreign forces withdraw. Some 4.6 billion USD in cash, more than the entire government budget, was taken abroad through Kabul airport alone last year...      Full news...

  • February 20, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Graft-tainted official finds Supreme Court job
    PAN: The water supply department director of western Herat province has been appointed as inspection and corruption-control officer at the Supreme Court, six months after he was fired on charges of corruption and embezzlement, a senior official said on Sunday. Habibullah Zawran, the former Herat water supply department head, had been charged in 13 embezzlement cases after a three month investigation by the supervisory board...      Full news...

  • February 20, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan refugees caught between Iran and a hard place
    AFP: Abdullah was left catatonic and almost mute by the electric shocks meted out to him by Iranian police before they bussed him to the border and sent him back to Afghanistan. His arms marked with slashes of red paint to identify him as a deportee, the 18-year-old lies on a bed of cushions in an otherwise bare hut that has become his temporary home...      Full news...

  • February 19, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Sar-i-Pul residents warn governor against return
    PAN: Residents of northern Sar-i-Pul province on Sunday warned of staging a series of protests if the governor, currently in Kabul, returned to his office. Several protests had been held against Governor Syed Anwar Rahmati over the past two months, leading the central government to send in delegations to look into the demonstrators’ demands.      Full news...

  • February 19, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Harsh Afghan winter kills 40 children
    AFP: A harsh winter has killed almost 40 children in Afghanistan in the past month, most of them in refugee camps in Kabul with aid groups warning Sunday of more deaths as temperatures keep falling. Twenty-four children lost their lives in camps on the outskirts of the capital which houses thousands of Afghans fleeing war and Taliban intimidation in southern Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • February 18, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s toxic cocktail of drugs, graft, mafia
    AFP: It’s below freezing, but the Afghan lies rigid in the snow of Kabul. He doesn’t move. His arms and legs are bare. He has overdosed on heroin. He only lives to see another day because of a charity. “Every night I feel I'm going to die. I sleep in the cold. I suffer,” said Zaman, whose clear blue eyes stand out from his bony, filthy face as he stands shivering in the snow near the fallen addict.      Full news...

  • February 18, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pneumonia leaves 10 children dead in Badakhshan
    PAN: Ten children have lost their lives to pneumonia in the Raghistan district of remote northeastern Badakhshan province, an official said on Saturday. A health team of Care of Afghan Families (CAF) had been sent to the Bashan village to treat infected children, the acting public health director told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • February 17, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan bride burns herself in protest of domestic violence
    Xinhua: “I have knocked any door to get rid of violence but all of my complaints have fallen to deaf ears. Instead, the prosecutor accused me of lying and warned me of dire consequence,” a woman named Sadat revealed her ordeal in a weak voice while receiving treatment in Herat hospital. The bandaged wrapped image of the young woman showed by the private Tolo television...      Full news...

  • February 17, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Unreported Suicides in Central Afghan Province
    IWPR: Ghulam Rasul, 71, a short man with stooped shoulders had come to the marketplace in Nili, the main town of Daikundi province in central Afghanistan, to buy sugar, matches and candy. As he sat against the mud wall of a grocery shop under the hot sun, he told an IWPR reporter about three women in his village who had consumed rat poison in the past year. Two survived, and one died.      Full news...


  • February 16, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    After Scuffle at Afghan Embassy, a Spotlight on Connections
    The New York Times: If war is what happens when diplomacy fails, what results when diplomats themselves fail to be, well, diplomatic with one another? At the Afghan Embassy in Washington, the answer was a punch in the face. Last week, after an argument over who was going to put together a filing cabinet and where it would be placed...      Full news...

  • February 15, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Local Officials Play Truant in Afghan North
    IWPR: One morning in May, 21-year-old Atifa says her father, Ali Mohammad, raped her. She says her father returned from the local market in Alizai village, in the Balkh province of northern Afghanistan, and found her at home alone. She says he took a rope lying in the courtyard, tied her up and assaulted her. According to Atifa, none of the neighbours came to rescue her despite her screams.      Full news...

  • February 15, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IDPs in Kabul fearful they won’t survive brutal winter (Photos)
    RAWA News: During the cruel cold of Kabul, more than 20 children have died in an IDP camp in the outskirts of Kabul. More will surely die, the inhabitants fear. Half-naked children are seen everywhere in the blistering cold. Hundreds live in terrible conditions which constantly threat their life, especially in winters.      Full news...

  • February 14, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan government asks for headscarves, less make-up on TV
    Reuters: An Afghan government request that female television presenters don headscarves and avoid heavy make-up angered journalists on Tuesday, who said the move was proof authorities expected the Taliban to regain a share of power. Afghan and U.S. officials have been seeking peace negotiations with the Islamist group ousted over a decade ago...      Full news...

  • February 13, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan woman burnt to death in Iran
    PAN: The charred body of an Afghan refugee, allegedly killed by her in-laws in neighbouring Iran, was brought to southwestern Nimroz province, the victim’s father said on Monday. Abdul Basir told Pajhwok Afghan News his daughter was burnt by her mother-in-law and husband in Iran’s Sistan Baluchistan province five days ago. She had been sprinkled with gasoline before being set on fire, the father alleged.      Full news...

  • February 12, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Cold weather kills 7 children in Takhar
    PAN: Seven children have died of cold weather conditions in the Kolfgan district of northern Takhar province, officials said on Sunday. The deaths occurred in Kharqa Qan, Nawan and Sar Chushma villages, which have been disconnected from the district centre due to road blockades by heavy snow.      Full news...

  • February 11, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mass grave found in northern Afghanistan
    The Voice of Russia: A mass grave containing the remains of at least 20 bodies was discovered west of Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Afghan northern Balkh province, the Pajhwok news agency says. The burial site was discovered by road constructors.      Full news...



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