News from the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)
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  • October 1, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban militants committed gang rapes and mass murders in Kunduz
    Amnesty International: Mass murder, gang rapes and house-to-house searches by Taliban death squads are just some of the harrowing civilian testimonies emerging from Kunduz as Afghan forces today claimed to have regained control of key areas of the northern city, Amnesty International said. The organization has spoken to numerous people, the majority of them women, who have fled Kunduz since Monday, when the Taliban launched a sudden assault on the city.      Full news...

  • September 27, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suicide attack in Paktika leaves at least 9 dead, 51 others wounded
    Khaama Press: At least nine people were feared dead and nearly 51 others were wounded in a suicide attack in eastern Paktika province of Afghanistan. The incident took place in a playground in Khairkot district where scores of people had gathered late on Sunday evening, local officials said. No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.      Full news...

  • September 26, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Murder, Mayhem and Rape in Afghanistan: Made in the U.S.A.
    TruthDig: “The Kite Runner,” Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 novel, featured a pivotal and highly controversial scene in which one of the young male protagonists is raped by an older youth. That harrowing section of the best-selling book highlighted the rampant sexual abuse of children in Afghanistan. Now, a revelation—even more horrifying—has implicated real-life U.S. soldiers serving in that country.      Full news...

  • September 22, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Samangan Woman Claims Judge Raped Her Daughter Who Then Gave Birth to Child A woman in northern Samangan claims a judge who she married about four years ago raped her daughter from her late husband when she was 13-years-old. The mother claimed a judge in Samangan’s primary court married her before he raped her daughter when she was only 13. Telling the story of her marriage, the 42-year-old mother said the judge, who is now under police custody, forcibly married her about four years ago when she visited the court for a legal case she had filed.      Full news...

  • September 21, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Extremism on the rise in unofficial religious Madrasas in Afghanistan
    Khaama Press: The Afghan government could face new challenges from the unofficial religious Madrasas – seminaries, according to a new survey report which suggests extremists thoughts have been adopted and are widely spreading among the students and teachers of these Madrasas. The report has been prepared by Afghanistan Institute for Strategic Studies which covers 50 unofficial Madrasas in ten different provinces of the country.      Full news...

  • September 20, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    How the Successors of Warlords is a Challenge for Peace and Stability in Afghanistan
    RAWA News: The ousting of the Taliban regime and the establishment of a new government in 2001 brought with it a hope for the emergence of a truly just and democratic society. Many were hopeful that the warlords would go behind bars for the atrocities they had committed during the 1990s. On the contrary, they were reinforced during the Karzai’s administration. Regional warlords and power brokers such as Atta Noor in the North, Sherzai in the South and then East and Ismail Khan in the West of the country, turned the country into fiefdoms and often defied the presidential decrees if they were against their personal interests.      Full news...

  • September 18, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan tackles hidden mental health epidemic
    The Guardian: Mohammad Qassem had been chained to a wall for 13 days. Locked in a tiny concrete cell with his hands and feet shackled, he had 27 days left before he would be declared healthy. During that period, the keeper of the holy shrine where Qassem was held would feed him only tea, bread and black pepper, ostensibly to rid him of what his family said was insanity.      Full news...

  • September 17, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans Second Largest Group Of Migrants, After Syrians Tens of thousands of Afghans have swelled the ranks of those seeking refuge in Europe this year. Second only to Syrians, Afghans represent the next largest group - 13 percent - of those making the journey so far in 2015, Human Rights Watch reported this week. This is because, for many Afghans, the war is only getting worse - something that’s easy to forget as international interest in Afghanistan wanes and most foreign troops are long gone.      Full news...

  • September 15, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Karzai had ordered not to attack the Taliban training center in Logar
    Khaama Press: The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai had ordered the security officials not to attack the training centers belonging to the Taliban militants in central Logar province, it has been reported. According to the local security officials quoted by BBC, the former president had ordered to prevent military operation on the training center despite the Taliban militants were using the center as launching pad for suicide attacks in Logar and capital Kabul.      Full news...

  • September 13, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Couple stoned to death by Taliban on adultery charges in Sar-i-Pul
    Khaama Press: A man and woman have been stoned to death by Taliban militants in northern Sar-i-Pul province for having immoral contacts. Abdul Jabar Haqbin, acting governor of Sar-i-Pul province said that Taliban had kidnapped the man and woman three days before. He said Taliban planned to execute the hostages on Friday but it was delayed due to an airstrike by Afghan forces.      Full news...

  • September 9, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul a scene of horror and thuggery again (Translated by RAWA): Every year on 9th September, the death anniversary of Massoud, the people of Kabul experience barbarism of the factional kind (reference to factional infighting during the 1992-1996 civil war and the commission of horrendous crimes during that time). A group of reckless men belonging to Shorae Nizar roamed the whole city wildly, spreading terror, and causing disturbance and concern among the residents of Kabul.      Full news...

  • September 8, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Abuses rise along with pro-Afghan government militias
    IRIN: When 30 Kalashnikov-toting men came to Mohammad Miakhil’s house demanding he donate a large sum of money and three tonnes of wheat to their Afghan government-aligned militia, he knew it was time to leave. “They gave us two hours to pay,” said Miakhil. “If not, they would set our house on fire and kill my family.” Miakhil could not afford to hand over such a large portion of his harvest and 120,000 afghanis (about 1,000 USD), so his family joined the exodus from Khanabad, a district in northern Kunduz province...      Full news...

  • September 6, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mother And Child Behind Bars: The Women Of Afghanistan’s Prisons
    NPR: In 2010, photographer Gabriela Maj was working on a project about an artist in Afghanistan when one of her editors suggested she take a look at Afghan women’s prisons. Maj recalls: “He said, you know there are all these stories kind of floating, kind of bubbling up in the international media about women being incarcerated for something known as ’moral crimes.’ And they’re being put into these prisons with their kids.’”      Full news...

  • September 3, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The 1bn USD hole in Afghanistan’s refugee system
    IRIN: The United States has allocated 950 million USD for assisting Afghan refugees and returnees, but much of that money has been lost to corruption while those in need remain in dire conditions. That’s just one finding in a scathing report released today by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)...      Full news...

  • September 1, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Man, woman face lashes in western Afghanistan for adultery
    1TV: An Afghan man and a woman received 100 lashes each after they were found guilty of committing adultery in western Ghor province. The punishment was given in public on Monday and after they were found guilty in a primary court. Judges said that the punishment was based on Sharia laws and that the man and woman confessed that they had sexual relations.      Full news...