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  • January 31, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Radio wars: Islamic State takes over the Afghan airwaves
    IRIN: It’s a chilly winter evening in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province. Several men with blankets draped over their shoulders are playing cards under a solar-powered streetlight when someone turns on the radio. It’s time for Voice of the Caliphate, a programme broadcast by the so-called Islamic State on its pirate station.      Full news...

  • January 29, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban governor transferred to Tajikistan for treament
    Zaranj News (Translated by RAWA): The district chief of Dashte Archi district of northern Kunduz province says that the shadow governor of Kunduz province, who had been injured in a blast, was taken to Tajikistan for treatment with the help of Russians. Nassruddin Nazari said that Mullah Abdul Salam was injured in a suicide blast a week back.      Full news...

  • January 28, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    700 suicide attempts in 8 months in Afghan province
    BBC News (Translated by RAWA): Doctors in Herat hospital of Herat province say that 700 suicide attempts have been recorded in this hospital from the beginning of the solar year, and 33 of these have resulted in death. The methods used included hanging, taking poison and self-immolation.The most recent case was recorded the night before on Friday (27th January) when a 27-year-old hung himself to death.      Full news...

  • January 26, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Snow, Cold Snap Leave 27 Children Dead In Northern Afghanistan
    RFE/RL: Heavy snowfall and freezing weather has killed 27 children in a remote district of northern Afghanistan, an official says. Fifty centimeters of snow blocked roads in Darzaab in northern Jawzjan Province as temperatures plunged to minus 10 degrees Celsius, district Governor Rahmatullah Hashar said on January 26.      Full news...

  • January 18, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s Domestic Violence Loophole
    Global Voices: Campaigners are calling for the Afghan government to follow through on promises to change parts of Afghanistan’s penal code that they argue actually serves to legimitise violence against women. Article 398 of the Afghan penal code states that a man who sees “his wife or other family members” in a compromising position and kills or injures one or both of them “in order to defend his dignity and respect” will not be prosecuted for violent assault or murder.      Full news...

  • January 16, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Only 72,000 IDPs Resettled Out Of 550,000: MoRR Reiterating calls for humanitarian assistance, the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR) said on Sunday that out of 550,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) registered in the country, only 72,000 of them have been resettled in their regions. This comes amid a harsh winter, with temperatures expected to continue to drop.      Full news...

  • January 15, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Rising Addiction Rates Among Women
    IWPR: Yagana spends her days and nights on the streets of Herat city, begging passersby for money to feed her drug addiction. She doesn’t know her exact age, although thinks she might be around 18 years old. She looks well into her thirties. “When I got married, I was very young, maybe 12 years old,” she told IWPR. “I did all the work around the house and got very tired.      Full news...

  • January 13, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kunduz Probe Confirms Civilian Casualties In Boz Village Battle
    Common Dreams: A U.S. military bombing in Kunduz Province last year killed 33 civilians and wounded 27 others, according to a military investigation that concluded on Thursday. The bombing was not the same one that struck a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in October 2015, which the human rights group said amounted to a war crime, but was part of a firefight waged by American forces during an Afghan operation to arrest Taliban commanders in Buz-e Kandahari in Kunduz in November of last year.      Full news...

  • January 10, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Over 620,000 people displaced by conflict, says UN Ongoing conflict across different parts of Afghanistan forced over 623,000 people to leave their homes in 2016, according to a UN report published on Tuesday, January 10. At the beginning of 2016, the UN had only expected 250,000 people to be internally displaced in the war-torn country.      Full news...

  • January 9, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Centcom Data: US Airstrikes Rose 40% in Afghanistan in 2016 While a lot of the focus of America’s endless parade of air wars centers on Iraq and Syria, the 15+ year long war in Afghanistan is continuing apace, with the latest Centcom data showing US airstrikes in the country up 40% over the previous year. That’s 1,337 weapons dropped by US forces in Afghanistan in 2016, with no sign the escalation is slowing down.      Full news...

  • January 8, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman Hangs Herself In Parwan Province A young woman from Parwan allegedly hanged herself on Friday because of domestic violence she had been forced to endure, officials said Saturday. Abdul Samad Zalmai, head of Parwan’s police anti-crime unit, confirmed the incident and said the women got a divorce one week ago from her husband and hanged herself in her father’s house. Parwan women’s affairs department said that the victim got divorced due to domestic violence.      Full news...

  • January 6, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Despite Ban, Invasive Virginity Tests Remain Prevalent in Afghanistan
    The New York Times: The teenage girl had barely survived an attempted mob lynching in Kabul. The police responded by forcing her to undergo a virginity examination. An unproved accusation of adultery had sent the mob chasing the girl and the young man she had been linked to, and the crowd set fire to the car in which the two were found last July in west Kabul.      Full news...

  • January 1, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Urgent need for more burn centres
    The Killid Group: Burn injuries are very common, but there are simply not enough facilities to treat patients. Shafiqa, 22, talks of her sister who died on the day of her engagement from burn injuries when the “gas balloon” stove of the family exploded. By the time she was rushed from a remote area of Ghazni province to the public Istiqlal Hospital in Kabul, the closest hospital to treat burn patients, she was dead while three others including two sisters-in-law were admitted with serious injuries.      Full news...