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  • January 7, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Observer: Azizgul is 10 years old, from the village of Houscha in western Afghanistan. This year the wheat crop failed again following a devastating drought. Her family was hungry. So, a little before Christmas, Azizgul's mother 'sold' her to be married to a 13-year-old boy.      Full news...




  • December 29, 2006 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Seven Oaks Magazine: In early September, Canadian military personnel stationed in Afghanistan's Kandahar province spearheaded NATO's Operation Medusa, aimed at Taliban strongholds in the Panjwaii and Zhari districts of that province. Accustomed to seeing the Canadian Forces' role as that of peace-keepers, many observers were stunned by reports that the Medusa offensive had resulted in hundreds of enemy combatants killed along with five fatalities suffered by Canadian soldiers. Meanwhile, there was a largely unreported civilian exodus as some 80,000 people fled their homes while "at least 50 civilians were killed over several weeks of bombing" (New York Times, Nov 27, A12).      Full news...


  • December 27, 2006 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    International Herald Tribune: Afghanistan, a fragile mosaic of ethnic and religious groups, has long been susceptible to intervention from more powerful neighbors. As the world's largest predominantly Shiite country, Iran is the traditional foreign backer of Afghanistan's Shiites, roughly 20 percent of the country's population. During the anti-Soviet jihad of the 1980s, Iranian Revolutionary Guards financed and trained fundamentalist Shiite militias, as well as Sunni fighters. In the civil war after the Russian withdrawal in 1989, Iran was a patron of the Northern Alliance, while Pakistan supported the ultimately victorious Taliban.      Full news...

  • December 26, 2006 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Hindustan Times - While the world waiting eagerly to welcome the new year 2007, the people of Afghanistan, the Karzai government and the US and NATO fighters would like to forget their worst year since the ouster of Taliban five years ago. The year 2006 witnessed the killing of over 3900 people, representing a four-fold increase over the 1000 deaths last year.      Full news...

  • December 26, 2006 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    BBC - Five years ago, after the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan's new government pledged swift action to improve the lives of women. But a recent report by the international women's organisation Womankind Worldwide said millions of Afghan women and girls continue to face discrimination and violence in their day-to-day lives.      Full news...

  • December 12, 2006 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    BBC News: Gulsoom is 17-years-old and married. Last year she tried to commit suicide - she failed. She set fire to herself but, against the odds, survived with appalling injuries. Her plight reflects that of a growing number of young Afghan women, campaigners say.      Full news...

  • December 12, 2006 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    HRW - New York – President Hamid Karzai should immediately enforce a program to provide truth, reconciliation and accountability for war crimes and major human rights abuses over the past 30 years in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said today. The Afghan government should establish a special court to try those responsible, some of whom hold high office, as soon as possible, Human Rights Watch said.      Full news...

  • December 12, 2006 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IWPR: Idris, 16, sells cigarettes for a living. Walking along the road in Herat with a wooden box hanging from his neck, he confesses that he had moved onto stronger substances. "I didn't want to become addicted, but I started smoking since I was selling cigarettes," he said.      Full news...

  • December 9, 2006 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Taliban gunmen who murdered two teachers in eastern Afghanistan early Saturday were only following their rules: Teachers receive a warning, then a beating, and if they continue to teach must be killed.      Full news...


  • November 29, 2006 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    KANDAHAR, 29 November (IRIN) - Some 100 women have attempted suicide by committing self-immolation or taking poison during the last eight months in the insurgency-hit southern province of Kandahar, an Afghan human rights watchdog said on Wednesday.      Full news...

  • November 29, 2006 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A local commander and his 11 men gang-rape a 22-year-old woman in Shahre Buzurg district of the northeastern Badakhshan province on Nov.28. The crime took place in the Shah Dasht village, by a local warlord called Mujtaba who belongs to Jamiat-e-Islami Afghanistan led by Burhanuddin Rabbani (now member of the parliament).      Full news...



  • November 18, 2006 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Blood dripped down the 16-year-old girl's face after another beating by her drug addict husband. Worn down by life's pain, she ran to the kitchen, doused herself with gas from a lamp and struck a match.      Full news...

  • November 16, 2006 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pajhwok Afghan News - JAWZJAN CITY: About 400 residents of the northern Jawzjan province Thursday in a protest rally urged Juma Khan Hamdard to quit his position as governor. The locals accused Hamdard as inefficient, his links with Hezb-i-Islami, involvement in smuggling and weak management.      Full news...



  • November 11, 2006 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AP - KABUL - Eight-year-old Sajjad's kite struggles upward. It's nothing grand -- a plastic bag salvaged from a heap of garbage and fashioned into a diamond shape. But it's a symbol of change in Kabul, five years after the Afghan capital was freed from a Taliban regime that believed activities such as kite-flying would distract youngsters from studying the Islamic holy book, the Quran.      Full news...

  • November 7, 2006 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    BBC (Persian Services): According to a report from the Northern Province of Takhar, tens of people staged a demonstration to protest rape of a girl by police in the Dasht-e-Qala district of this province. Also it is reported that selling of women has become very common in Faryab province in north of Afghanistan and each woman is sold up to 50,000 Afghanis (around US$1,000).      Full news...


  • November 5, 2006 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Sunday Times - THE first thing one notices about 16-year-old Gul Zam is her eyes, pretty and dark yet as watchful as a hunted animal's. But then the scarf covering her head shifts slightly, exposing a livid red scar on her neck. The hands that play nervously in her lap are ridged with pink burns that reach up her arms, across her chest and down her legs.      Full news...

  • October 31, 2006 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    BBC NEWS - An international women's rights group says guarantees given to Afghan women after the fall of the Taliban in 2001 have not translated into real change. Womankind Worldwide says millions of Afghan women and girls continue to face systematic discrimination and violence in their households and communities.      Full news...

  • October 31, 2006 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Burnt children after a NATO bomb attack
    PeaceReporter - Lashkargah: I don’t know their names, I don’t even know their age. They weren’t in condition to talk. They are five “presumed Taliban” arrived on Tuesday to the Emergency hospital in Lashkargah, placed in south Afghanistan. They are coming from the Kajaki area, in the eastern land of Helmand province, they travelled for hours through the dust of the desert. But to be arrived is just a great fortune.      Full news...



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