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  • March 30, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Man shoots wife dead in eastern Afghanistan
    Khaama Press (Translated by RAWA): Local officials in eastern Afghanistan say that a man has shot his wife dead in Nangarhar province.Acccording to these officials, this incident took place the previous day in Doorbabay district. A man named Rahtmatullah shot his wife multiple times and escaped. Local sources say the cause of the shooting was domestic issues.      Full news...

  • March 28, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Female Detainees Face Sexual Abuse
    IWPR: Zahra (not her real name) is in Kabul Badam-Bagh women’s prison, six years into a 15-year prison sentence - the maximum punishment for adultery under Afghan law. The mother-of four said that she had run away with another man after her husband beat and mistreated her. One night in her new home as she slept alongside her partner, police raided the house and took her to the police station wearing only her nightwear.      Full news...

  • March 24, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Sopko Highlights Major Corruption Cases Among Commanders of Afghan Forces The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, John F. Sopko, at an event in Duke University in the United States made shocking remarks on “corruption” among Afghan forces as he said the combination of corruption and poor leadership in the security forces in Afghanistan is the root cause for their “ineffectiveness”.      Full news...

  • March 23, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Former Defence Minister Wayne Mapp says civilian deaths in Afghanistan were “an accident”
    Stuff: Former Defence Minister Wayne Mapp has called the killing of civilians in an Afghanistan raid involving the New Zealand SAS “an accident”, and said soldiers had not committed a war crime. Authors Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson launched their book, Hit and Run, on Tuesday night, which alleges that elite New Zealand troops in Afghanistan were involved in a botched raid which killed six civilians, including a 3-year-old girl, in two isolated villages.      Full news...

  • March 22, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Seven-Year-Old Badakhshan Girl Raped Badakhshan residents have slammed local police for not having arrested the man who allegedly raped a seven-year-old Faizabad girl earlier this week. The incident reportedly took place on Monday when the suspect raped the child in her home. The man allegedly entered the girl’s house while she was home alone and then tied her up and raped her.      Full news...

  • March 21, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UN: Conditions in Afghanistan Deteriorating, Kids at Great Risk
    VOA: The United Nations reports humanitarian conditions in Afghanistan are deteriorating, with children at great risk of dying at an early age from lack of health care and proper nutrition. The United Nations reports 9.3 million people in Afghanistan will need humanitarian assistance this year. The world body has appealed for 550 million USD to support 5.6 million of the most vulnerable people.      Full news...

  • March 19, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Horror at Kabul’s military hospital
    BBC News: In the Afghan capital, Kabul, there’s still widespread shock and anger at the brutal militant attack last week on the city’s main military hospital. The authorities have acted swiftly, sacking the deputy interior minister and arresting 24 hospital and military officials, including an army general. But for many Kabul residents it feels too little, too late. A local man interviewed on the street this week by state TV spoke for many.      Full news...

  • March 12, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Challenges, year after year
    The Killid Group: There is nothing new here: Maternal mortality levels have shown little improvement. The majority of deliveries are at home in the absence of medical facilities. There are few female doctors and an acute shortage of mid-wives. Among the provinces with the worst records is Uruzgan. Hamid Agha, a resident of its Charchino district, says 10 women have died in child birth over a few months. “Clinics don’t exist in most districts in our province,” he says. “If there are they are just in name; no female doctor is appointed. In an emergency we take the patient, even a woman in labour, to Tirinkoot (provincial capital).”      Full news...

  • March 8, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Women in Afghanistan’s Moral Prisons
    The Diplomat: “Oppression of Afghan women did not start with the Taliban nor has it ended with their defeat.” So wrote Anne E. Brodsky in her book, With All Our Strength: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. Violence against women in Afghanistan occurs due to structural inequalities between women and men, including women’s lack of access to economic, political and social resources.      Full news...

  • March 8, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    New Afghan Law Targets Sexual Harassment
    IWPR: Leeda stood waiting at a Kabul bus stop, braced for a daily commute that she said inevitably involved sexual comments and snide remarks from male passers-by. The young woman said she knew about recent legislation that would make such harassment a crime under Afghan law for the first time. However, she did not have high hopes for it. “Making laws is very easy in Afghanistan, but implementing them is impossible,” she explained, smiling. “I face many problems and am disrespected and pestered every day during my journey.”      Full news...

  • March 6, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Attacks on Afghan hospitals hit children the hardest
    IRIN: An Afghan father recently described how his 15-year-old son lost both feet after stepping on a mine. He couldn’t get proper care in Kunduz City – the only trauma centre there had been destroyed – so he took a taxi more than 200 miles to Kabul. By the time his son received treatment, it was too late.      Full news...

  • March 4, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    8 Civilians Killed Over 22 Injured in Farah Province
    The Killid Group: Officials in Farah reported that over 31 civilians including women and children were killed and injured during clashes between Afghan security forces and armed anti-government oppositions. Hakim Rasouli, head physician at Farah civil hospital, said that they were killed and injured yesterday afternoon in Todnak area of Balabolok district.      Full news...

  • 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...