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  • July 31, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ISIS Attacks a Refugee Office in eastern Afghanistan Killing 15
    The New York Times: The army will take over security in the eastern city of Jalalabad, Afghanistan officials said Tuesday, hours after attackers overran a government refugee office there, killing 15 people. It was at least the 10th such assault on civilian targets this year. The assault was part of a series of attacks attributed to the Islamic State against “soft targets” in or near the city of Jalalabad, where the extremists have been particularly active, mostly attacking civilians rather than confronting Afghan security forces.      Full news...

  • July 30, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Man kills his 9-year-old wife in Afghan province (Translated by RAWA): Local authorities of Badghis province have reported that a man in this province had killed his 9-year-old wife the previous night. Naqibullah Amini, the governor spokesman, said that the girl was named Samia and belonged to the Qadis district and had died as a result of domestic violence. According to him, Samia had been married to Sharafuddin two years back, when she was just seven, in return for 1,000,000 Afghanis. Sharafuddin is 35-years-old now.      Full news...

  • July 29, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    14-year-old Kubra beaten, strangled, then hung to death in Afghanistan
    Ufuq News (Translated by RAWA): Local authorities in Daikundi province have said that a 14-year-old girl was hung to death in the Sang Takht o Bandar district of this province. Ali Akbar Naatiqi, spokesperson for the governor of Daikundi, told Ufuq News that the matter is under criminal investigation but the cause and motive is not yet clear.      Full news...

  • July 24, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Women Abused in Lawless Ghor province
    IWPR: A case in which a widow was beaten, humiliated and had her 12-year-old daughter sold off in marriage by her former in-laws has illustrated the extent of lawlessness in the southern province of Ghor. Although aware of the case, the district governor told IWPR that he was powerless to intervene because local militias had far more power than he did.      Full news...

  • July 15, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UN: Afghan War Inflicts Record 6-Month Civilian Death Total
    VOA: The United Nations says the conflict in Afghanistan killed nearly 1,700 civilians in the first six months of 2018, the highest number recorded in any comparable time period over the last decade. The midyear report on civilian casualties released by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Sunday documented close to 3,500 injured civilians in the same period. However, overall civilian casualties declined 3 percent compared with the same period in 2017.      Full news...

  • July 14, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Salma, a victim of Ashraf Ghani’s bodyguards’ roughshod riding (Translated by RAWA): Ashraf Ghani’s trip to Laghman province on July 2, 2018, ended up costing Salma her life. Salma, a 13-year-old girl, lived in Mahtarlaam city and came to the main city every day to sell yogurt and earn some money for her poor family. She was hit by a car from Ashraf Ghani’s motorcade.      Full news...

  • July 13, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    20 civilians killed by government forces in Paktia operation
    PAN: At least 20 civilians and 26 Taliban militants have been killed during hours long clashes and airstrike in Zurmat district of southeastern Paktia province, residents said on Friday. The ground and air offensive was carried out on Thursday and the following night in Sahak area, said Sherin Jan, a resident of nearby Shamolzai village.      Full news...

  • July 12, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman beaten by local strongman loyal to warlord Bashir Qanet (Translated by RAWA): On July 8, 2018, a woman named Umriaa from the Chah Aab district of Takhar province, was beaten up by the local lord of the area, Mohammadullah. Mohammadullah had led one of Bashir Qanet’s (a Gulbuddini commander) gangs in the past. The painful photo of Umriaa with a bloodied mouth was circulated on the social media.      Full news...

  • July 5, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Strongman’s loyalists show Taliban isn’t only threat in Afghanistan
    The Washington Post: As Afghan President Ashraf Ghani seeks to build momentum for peace talks with Taliban insurgents, a violent threat Wednesday from supporters of a powerful exiled warlord raised concerns that the government still faces pressure from ethnic minority leaders that could undermine its authority. For a second consecutive day, thousands of people in northern Faryab province protested the arrest of a commander loyal to Abdurrashid Dostum, the exiled ethnic Uzbek strongman who is technically first vice president under Ghani but has fled the country amid charges of abusing a political rival.      Full news...

  • July 4, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Grim Figures for Maternal Mortality
    IWPR: Healthcare officials in Paktika are warning of a dire maternal mortality rate in the southeastern province, estimating that between 80 and 90 babies die during delivery each month. Afghanistan as a whole has one of the highest levels of maternal mortality in the world. According to the World Bank figures for 2011-2015, 396 out of every 10,000 pregnancies ended in the mother’s death.      Full news...

  • July 2, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    1.3 Million Afghan Children at Risk From Polio
    VOA: A new round of a polio immunization campaign went into action Monday in Afghanistan amid concerns insurgent bans could possibly deprive hundreds of thousands of children from receiving the vaccine. During the five-day campaign, officials say, about 52,000 Afghan vaccinators will visit 6.4 million children under the age of five.      Full news...

  • July 1, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Why female suicide in Afghanistan is so prevalent
    BBC News: Jamila (not her real name) attempted suicide after she felt abandoned and betrayed by her fiancé - who decided, after a six-year-engagement, that he no longer wanted to marry her because she was “not a young woman any more”. reJamila is 18 - and her family arranged her engagement when she was just 12. She was taken to a hospital in Herat by her mother and treated for poisoning last month.      Full news...