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  • July 1, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Domestic violence
    The Killid Group: Take Sakina. Daily abuse and violence at the hands of her mother- and sisters-in-law nearly destroyed her marriage. After three years of living in their midst, she and her husband Ekram are now living separately in a rented house. Sakina says trouble started immediately after her wedding. “My mother-in-law misbehaved with me from the start. She and my sisters-in-law treated me like I was a servant. They would order me around, tell me when to sit, when to stand; shout at me at every meal, ‘there’s less salt’, or they’d say there was too much salt,” she recalls.      Full news...

  • June 28, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan to investigate child sex slavery as Taliban exploit practice to launch insider attacks on police
    Mail Online: The Afghan government says it will punish police officers involved in the institutionalised sexual abuse of children after an AFP report found the Taliban are exploiting the practice of paedophilic “bacha bazi” - literally “boy play” - to launch insider attacks. Militants in Uruzgan province have killed hundreds of police after turning their child sex slaves against them, exploiting a centuries-old practice in Afghanistan that observers call one of the most egregious violations of human rights in the country.      Full news...

  • June 23, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s dwindling Sikh, Hindu communities flee new abuses
    Reuters: On a bright day in downtown Kabul, Jagtar Singh Laghmani was in his traditional herb shop when a man turned up, drew a knife and told him to convert to Islam or he would cut his throat. Only bystanders and other shopkeepers saved his life. The incident earlier this month was the latest attack on a dwindling community of Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan, a deeply conservative Muslim country struggling with growing insecurity caused by an Islamist insurgency and economic challenges.      Full news...

  • June 22, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Where Birth Can Bring Death
    IWPR: Hundreds of women are dying in childbirth in the southeastern Afghan province of Paktika each year due to a severe lack of antenatal and neonatal care, an IWPR investigation can reveal. There is only one female doctor in the entire province, and conservative traditions mean that most pregnant women cannot seek help from male health care professionals.      Full news...

  • June 21, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Other Major Refugee Crisis: 3 Million Afghans
    The Wall Street Journal: Syria’s refugee crisis dominates the headlines, but the crisis of Afghan refugees is significant—and has the potential to undermine the future of a country in which the U.S. has invested so much. Here are four things about a crisis that gets relatively little attention in the West.      Full news...

  • June 19, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    600 Cases of Violence Against Women in Three Months: Ministry of Women Affairs Up to 600 cases of violence against the women have been reported in the country over the last three months, the Ministry of Women Affairs (MoWa) announced on Sunday. The Ministry called on president Ashraf Ghani and his CEO Abdullah Abdullah to take action against the growing trend. MoWa also insisted on the implementation of justice after Aziz Gul was brutally murdered by armed men after being accused of escaping from home.      Full news...

  • June 16, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Stealing Chickens From Widows
    IWPR: Locals in the southern province of Khost have complained that powerful men are exploiting their connections to routinely siphon off aid intended for needy women. Many NGOs in Afghanistan focus on small-scale farming, sewing or food production schemes intended to help women who often are their families’ sole breadwinners. But corruption and a lack of oversight has meant that items to set women up in their own businesses are easily diverted.      Full news...

  • June 15, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Local Gunmen Murder Ghor Woman in Open Trial Police in the western province of Ghor have said that local armed men in Feroz Koh city of the province have allegedly killed a woman on charges of escaping from home. The incident happened on Monday after the armed men allegedly took the victim from her house and shot her.      Full news...

  • June 12, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    3 sisters shot dead in Logar, allegedly by Taliban militants
    Khaama Press: The Taliban militants have allegedly shot dead three sisters in the central Logar province of Afghanistan, local officials said Sunday. The officials further added that the women were shot dead in Kharwar district of Logar as they were returning to their home. Provincial governor’s spokesman Salim Saleh said four women had gone to a hill in a village and three of them were captured by the militants as they were returning from the area.      Full news...

  • June 11, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US Making a Deadly Mistake in Afghanistan, Says Former Diplomat
    teleSUR: Matthew Hoh resigned from the State Department in 2009 to protest the U.S. war in Afghanistan. He says Obama is making the same mistakes today. The war that Barack Obama promised to end two years ago is instead being expanded again, with reports of more airstrikes and ground combat to come, and a former top State Department official who resigned the last time the U.S. president surged in Afghanistan says all the latest escalation will achieve is a longer war with a lot more dead.      Full news...

  • June 3, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Hellfire from Heaven won’t Smash the Taliban
    Counterpunch: So Taliban supremo Mullah Mansour’s white Toyota Corolla was rattling across the Baluchestan desert just after it had crossed the Iranian border when a Hellfire missile fired from a US drone incinerated it into a charred / twisted wreck. That’s the official narrative. The Pentagon said Mansour was on Obama’s kill list because he had become “an obstacle to peace and reconciliation.”      Full news...

  • June 2, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    64 school girls poisoned in central Maidan Wardak province
    Khaama Press: At least 64 schoolgirls were poisoned in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan on Wednesday, the education officials said. An official in the Ministry of Education Kabir Haqmal said the incident took place in a girls school in Behsud district. He said the students were immediately taken to hospital for treatment and the health condition of them has been reported satisfactory.      Full news...