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  • March 2, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Boys Sold for Sex in Afghan Province
    IWPR: The majestic blue-tiled Hazrat e-Ali mosque complex in the centre of Mazar e-Sharif serves as a recreational space as well as a place of worship for many of the city’s residents. But Ahmad Javed, (not his real name), lounging on a chair near the public toilets, was there for business. The 15-year-old was waiting for customers looking for sex at the shrine, revered as the burial place of Ali, the son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad.      Full news...

  • February 26, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Killid Group: Officials at Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) urged National Unity Government (NUG) to provide citizens with clean drinking water. Abdul Ahmad Farzan, head of the provincial office of the commission in Kabul, said that the government is obliged to supply the nation with clean drinking water.      Full news...

  • February 25, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Maternal death rates in Afghanistan may be worse than previously thought
    The Guardian: For years, declining death rates among pregnant women have been hailed as one of the great gains of foreign aid in Afghanistan. In reality, however, Afghan women dying in pregnancy or childbirth may be more than twice as high as numbers provided by donors would suggest. Since 2010, published figures have shown maternal mortality rates at 327 for every 100,000 live births, a significant drop from 1,600 in 2002.      Full news...

  • February 20, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Woman Gang-Raped After Fleeing Abusive Husband: Report
    Newsweek: A 20-year-old Afghan woman was allegedly gang-raped after escaping violence in her home, according to local media. The woman, a newlywed, was lured by a group of men and encouraged to elope with one of them after fleeing domestic violence perpetrated by her new husband, Afghan news outlet Khaama Press reports. The incident took place in northeastern Takhar province amid a surge in violence in the country over the past year.      Full news...

  • February 19, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Surely, conviction will deter this crime
    The Killid Group: Human rights activists want the police and security forces to deliver to the law the perpetrators of violence against women. Sima Samar, head of AIHRC (Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission) says, “If police do not help as much there can be no justice. We (human rights organisations) only monitor the situation.” Suraya Sobhrang of AIHRC says 3,000 cases of violence against women have been reported.      Full news...

  • February 14, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mob Kills Eloped Lovers After Storming Afghan Police Station
    The New York Times: An armed mob that included relatives of a young woman who had eloped with her lover stormed a police station holding the couple in eastern Afghanistan over the weekend, then dragged the lovers off and killed them, officials and witnesses said. The mob wounded three police officers, one of them seriously, the officials and witnesses said Sunday and Monday in providing accounts of the couple’s violent deaths, often called honor killings.      Full news...

  • February 13, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Officials Confirmed 22 Killed in US Air Strikes in Helmand
    The Killid Group: Afghan officials confirmed killing of 22 members of two families in foreign forces’ airstrikes in Sangen district of Helmand. US and Afghan forces targeted the area last Friday and asserted that armed anti-government militants fired bullets on them from the area. Later, tribal elders reported of civilian casualties in the airstrikes, a claim which was rejected by local officials.      Full news...

  • February 12, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Depression Rampant Among Afghan Women
    IWPR: The razor scars on 18-year-old Leila’s hands and neck bear witness to her past attempts at suicide. The Herat teenager told IWPR that she had become deeply depressed after her marriage to a 45-year-old man. “I married a much older man because of my parents,” she said. “Later, I realised that this was not what I wanted. I was controlled and banned from going anywhere, and his interference in every little detail of my life became unbearable...      Full news...

  • February 10, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul Addicts Using Drugged Dogs To Keep Warm Drug addicts living under the Pul-e-Sukhta Bridge in Kabul claim to give feral dogs in the area drugs so that they sleep next to them at night as they try to stay warm. Addicts say they spend between 500 Afs and 800 Afs a day on drugs, using money earned in any way possible. Doctors have warned however, that this practice is extremely unhealthy as the dogs carry diseases.      Full news...

  • February 7, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UN: More than 900 children killed in Afghanistan in 2016
    The Associated Press: More than 900 children were killed in Afghanistan's conflict last year, the United Nations said Monday, calling it the most violent year for children since it started keeping records. The U.N. mission said the nearly 25 per cent increase in child deaths from the previous year was largely caused by mines and munitions left over from decades of conflict. It documented a 66 per cent increase in such deaths in 2016.      Full news...

  • February 6, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    119 People Killed In Recent Avalanches And Snowstorms Senior officials on Monday confirmed 119 people have died in the past few days in avalanches and heavy snowstorms that gripped large parts of the country. They also confirmed that over 80 people were injured in weather related incidents. The minister of public works, Mahmood Baligh, said authorities have managed to reopen most key highways to traffic but urged motorists using the Salang Pass to chain their tyres.      Full news...

  • February 5, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans Debate Role of Local Militia
    IWPR: A profusion of local militias in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan are presenting a serious threat to security, according to participants in a recent IWPR debate. The situation is further complicated by the semi-legal status of some of the armed groups, recruited by the government to try and help keep order.      Full news...