News from the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)
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  • May 30, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US, coalition strikes in Afghanistan spike, hit highest number in five years
    AP: The number of weapons released by U.S. and allied aircraft in Afghanistan sharply spiked in April, hitting the highest point in nearly five years. According to an airpower summary posted online this week by U.S. Air Forces Central Command, coalition aircraft released 460 weapons last month, more than double the 203 weapons released in March. It was the most in a single month since August 2012, when 589 weapons were released.      Full news...

  • May 27, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Traumatic Night Raids Haunt Afghan Women
    IWPR: At 11pm on the night of April 3, 2016, Bibi Sahra was woken by a group of armed soldiers storming into her family home. The 37-year-old, from the village of Qala Taqai in Baraki Barak district, recounted how the door of the bedroom was kicked in and half-a-dozen Afghan army soldiers in camouflage gear entered. A voice booming out over a loudspeaker warned everyone not to move.      Full news...

  • May 24, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    War in Afghanistan Is Killing Children in Record Numbers in 2017
    Truthout: Four-year-old Alisina was playing in the fields outside her house in the Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan, located 80 kilometers from the capital city of Kabul, on a mid-April morning. Only vaguely aware of the constant war that surrounds them, Alisina and her friends didn’t know the large metal object they found in the field that day was in fact an unexploded ordnance left behind by one of the warring parties.      Full news...

  • May 21, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    100 female journalists have left their jobs in the past few years
    Ufoq News (Translated by RAWA): Head of the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee, Najibullah Sharifi, says that since 2014, about 100 female journalists have left their jobs. These women are from Kabul and other provinces, according to him, and have left their jobs because of lack of security in their workplace that created life-threatening situations for them.      Full news...

  • May 18, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman tortured with heated tools by husband and in-laws
    TOLOnews (Translated by RAWA): Qadria, a resident of Farkhar district in Takhar province, spoke to TOLOnews on May 18, and revealed the forms of violence she faced from her husband and his relatives. She said that the night before, her mother-in-law, husband, and two brother-in-laws, first accused her of having relations with a man living next door, then locked her in a room; then they tied up her hands and feet and taped her mouth, and tortured her with hot screwdrivers and pliers.      Full news...

  • May 15, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan government welcomes Kabul’s “butcher”
    Fox News: He is known simply as the “Butcher of Kabul” and, after 20 years in self-imposed exile, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returned last week to the Afghan capitol he once mercilessly massacred. President Ghani and members of his national unity government warmly welcomed the warlord. After fighting the Soviet Union and the Afghan communist government during the 1980s with his Hezb-e-Islami militia, Hekmatyar, 69, and other warlords eventually sparked civil war within Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • May 14, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Child Soldiers Reloaded: The Privatisation of War
    Al Jazeera: From opportunistic guns for hire on the fringe of domestic conflicts to a global force operating within a multibillion-dollar industry - the private military sector seems to be flourishing. As armies and war increasingly become “outsourced”, private military companies have taken on a wider increasing range of responsibilities, from security and intelligence analysis to training and combat roles.      Full news...

  • May 8, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans Angry Over Fake Medicine
    IWPR: For the last year Ziaullah, a resident of Jalalabad city in the eastern province of Nangarhar, has been regularly taking the medicine his doctor prescribed to treat his kidney stones. But his agonising condition had not improved for one simple reason, he told IWPR. It was virtually impossible to get decent medication locally, with a market flooded with substandard or out-of-date drugs.      Full news...

  • May 7, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Truths from the Epicentre of US Bomb in Achin
    The Killid Group: The US dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat on Achin, Nangarhar province, to target what the military described as a “tunnel complex” used by the ISIS’s Afghanistan affiliate. A Killid investigation reveals other truths. Colloquially called the “mother of all bombs”, the GBU-43/B is meant for destroying underground targets with an explosive yield of more than 11 tonnes of TNT.      Full news...

  • May 3, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    1000 suicide attempts in one year in Afghan province
    BBC Persian (Translated by RAWA): Doctors in Herat Hospital say that they need a special healthcare center with special equipment to deal with patients who attempt suicide by taking toxic substances. Dr. Aziz ul Rahman Jami, head of the emergency department told BBC that in one year (1395) about 1000 people in Herat province attempted suicide by taking toxic substances. About 30 of these people died while the rest were saved.      Full news...