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  • February 1, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Six women’s rights activists still missing in Afghanistan
    UN News: “We are gravely concerned for their well-being and safety”, Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the High Commissioner for Human Rights, told journalists at a regular press briefing in Geneva. Despite the de facto authorities’ announcement on Saturday of an investigation into the disappearance two weeks ago of these individuals, “there is still no confirmed information on their whereabouts”, she added.      Full news...

  • January 28, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan women living under Taliban fighting for their rights six months after insurgent takeover
    BBC World Service: Sheila Dost holds back tears as she tells me about the day she brought her two young children to demonstrate against Taliban restrictions on girls’ education. “I asked my children to put on burial shrouds and told them we may get killed today but we have to accept that because if it means it’ll bring some kind of change, then it’ll be worth it.”Before the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in August, the mother of three was a teacher at a secondary school.      Full news...

  • January 20, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban launch raids on homes of Afghan women’s rights activists
    The Guardian: Taliban gunmen have raided the homes of women’s rights activists in Kabul, beating and arresting female campaigners in a string of actions apparently triggered by recent demonstrations.Tamana Zaryabi Paryani and Parawana Ibrahimkhel, who participated in a series of protests held in Kabul over the last few months, were seized on Wednesday night by armed men claiming to be from the Taliban intelligence department.      Full news...

  • January 17, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Musician Weeps as Taliban Fighters Burn His Instruments in Public
    VICE: The Taliban forced a local musician to watch as they burned his instruments and mocked him before a large crowd. The video shows the musician shedding tears while watching his harmonium and drum burn as Taliban soldiers preach to a crowd. He appears to have been mauled by the Taliban soldiers as the arms and back of his coat have been badly torn. The footage was recorded in Paktia province in eastern Afghanistan, and went viral after being posted on social media on Saturday.      Full news...

  • January 13, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban killed a young woman at a checkpoint in west of Kabul
    Etlat-e-Rooz: Taliban forces shot and killed a young woman at a checkpoint in the Dasht-e Barchi area. The incident took place yesterday evening (Thursday, Jan.13) in the Gulai area of the 13th district of Kabul. The victim of this incident is named Zeinab Abdullahi. Fatemeh, the victim's sister, told the daily Al-Inta'a that she and her sister and son-in-law were confronted by a Taliban checkpoint on their way back from a wedding in Gulai and were stopped at the checkpoint; But Taliban forces opened fire on their vehicles a few meters away.      Full news...

  • January 6, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A young girl committed suicide in Paktia
    Subh-e-Kabul: A Paktia police spokesman said the girl was initially injured; But she died due to heavy bleeding after being taken to the hospital.Taliban security officials in Paktia province say a young girl has been shot dead in the province. Omar Badri, a spokesman for the Taliban police command for Paktia province, said the incident took place in the Ahmadabad district of the province after noon on Wednesday (Jan.5)      Full news...

  • January 4, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban orders Afghan shopkeepers to behead mannequins
    The Independent: The Taliban reportedly instructed mannequins in Afghan clothes shops to be beheaded, claiming the dolls infringe Islamic rules.Afghanistan’s Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice is said to have made the order in the western province of Herat. Commentators noted the new rules will lead to yet more difficulties for firms, many of whom are already finding it hard to stay afloat under the Taliban’s new regime.      Full news...

  • January 1, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UNICEF: Children killed in Afghanistan make up 27% of child deaths worldwide
    Daily 8AM: The United Nations says children are more likely to be abused in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and northern Ethiopia. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Friday released statistics on child violence around the world, particularly in Asia, saying that in 28,500 incidents, 27 percent of the world’s child casualties were recorded in Afghanistan      Full news...

  • December 30, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Poverty and non-payment of salaries, a sick teacher died in Kandahar
    Etlat-e-Rooz: Sources at Zahirshahi High School, one of the oldest high schools in Kandahar province, confirm that Allah Nazar, the high school teacher, has died. According to these sources, Allah Nazar was ill in recent days and could not see a doctor due to poverty.One of the sources told the daily Ettela’at that Allah Nazar had served as a teacher at Zahirshahi High School for 40 years and had died of shortness of breath at home yesterday.      Full news...

  • December 28, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Taliban dispersed women protesters in Kabul with firing shots into the air
    BBC Persian: A group of women demonstrated in Kabul to protest the killing of former Afghan soldiers and strict Taliban rules. The women chanted “Justice, justice, we are tired of crime, we are tired of captivity, we are tired of ignorance, long live humanity.” They called for “a rule of law.” They protested the Taliban's mistreatment of former militants despite a general amnesty.      Full news...

  • December 26, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    No long-distance travel for women without male relative: Taliban
    Al Jazeera English: In Afghanistan, the Taliban authorities say women seeking to travel long distances should not be allowed on road transport unless they are accompanied by a close male relative. The guidance issued on Sunday by the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, which also called on vehicle owners to refuse rides to women not wearing headscarves, has drawn condemnation from rights activists.      Full news...

  • December 11, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Kabul Times reporter was beaten by the Taliban
    Kabul Times: Maj. Gen. Mobin Khan, a member of the Emirate, confirmed and regretted the incident of Kashfi Sahib's beating. They stressed that the offenders will be interrogated and dealt with severely.General Mobin assures that journalists are good colleagues of the Emirate and that in any situation they want, the Islamic Emirate will work with them as much as possible.      Full news...

  • December 10, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    From teacher to shoe shiner: Afghan economic crisis spares few
    Reuters: In the biting cold of a Kabul autumn, Hadia Ahmadi, a 43-year-old teacher who lost her job after the Taliban seized the Afghan capital in August, sits by the roadside trying to earn the equivalent of a few cents polishing shoes. The abrupt withdrawal of foreign aid following the Taliban victory has sent Afghanistan's fragile economy into freefall, leaving millions facing hunger and making once well-off middle class families destitute.      Full news...

  • December 5, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A young girl hanged herself in the center of Daikundi
    Etlat-rooz: Local sources in Daikundi province say a young girl has hanged herself in Nili, the provincial capital, and ended her life. The sources, who asked not to be named in the news, told the daily Etlat-e-Rooz that the girl was named Basgol and was a second-year student at Bamyan University. According to sources, Basogol was 21 years old and committed suicide last night. Family problems, the closure of the university gates and frustration with the future are among the reasons for the young girl's suicide.      Full news...

  • December 3, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    RAWA photo report from disastrous conditions of displaced people in Herat
    A team of RAWA surveyed displaced people in Herat Terminal Street. Around 5000 people from Ghor and Badghis provinces have been displaced here due to poverty, unemployment, insecurity and drought. In the cold weather, the condition of children is disastrous. They beg in the streets and have no facilities for sanitation, let alone education and playing. Very little aid has been provided to them by some Afghan businessmen but Taliban gunmen get a portion of aid saying they also face food shortage.      Full news...

  • December 2, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ‘It’s like hell in here’: The struggle to save Afghanistan’s starving babies
    BBC World Service: The young woman was crying, begging the doctor to kill her and her baby. Dr Nuri, an obstetrician in central Afghanistan, was about to deliver the baby by Caesarean section when the mother broke down. "I don't know how I can stay alive," she said, according to Dr Nuri, "so how can I give birth to another human being?" The women on Dr Nuri's ward are so malnourished that they know they are unlikely to have enough breast milk to feed their children.      Full news...

  • December 1, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    RAWA photo report from a camp of IDPs in Balkh province
    RAWA team surveyed a camp of displaced people in Nahre-Shahi district of Balkh province in Northern Afghanistan. Lack of security, poverty, unemployment and pressure of Taliban forced around one million people across Afghanistan to leave their villages and gather in suburbs of big cities under deplorable conditions. While most non-governmental and international aid organization have stopped their operations in Afghanistan, starvation threatens the life of millions in the coming winter. Children and women are in higher risk.      Full news...

  • November 30, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban’s Reign of Terror Belies Promise of Amnesty
    Associated Press: Despite the promised amnesty, Taliban commanders are executing and forcibly “disappearing” soldiers, policemen, and intelligence officials of the previous regime, says Human Rights Watch. Taliban fighters have summarily killed or forcibly “disappeared” more than 100 former police and intelligence officers since taking power in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said in a report Tuesday. The group pointed to continuing retaliation against the armed forces of the ousted government despite an announced amnesty.      Full news...

  • November 30, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Glimpse Over Herat, Under Taliban’s Medieval Reign
    RAWA News:After the infamous Doha agreement between the United States and the Taliban led by Zalmai ‘Zalilzad’, we witnessed that most parts of Afghanistan were handed over to the Taliban within a few weeks and all of Herat’s districts were no exception, including Qala-e-Islam port. The illusional war and the government’s delusive pretense of the so-called “defense”, lasted only two weeks in the outskirts of the city.      Full news...

  • November 29, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban accused of killing a man in Helmand over a critical note on Facebook
    Etilaat-e-Roz newspaper: Relatives of a young man named Navid Ahmad in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, confirm that he was killed by Taliban forces for a critical post on Facebook. Sharif Sharafat, Navid Ahmad's brother, said in a Facebook post that the Taliban had taken him away from home on Thursday last week, and then they found his dead body in a hospital on Sunday.      Full news...

  • November 25, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The government of fear does not last
    Daily 8am: Since the fall of Kabul on August 15, a new round of assassinations and terrorist attacks has begun in the country. The military and employees of the former government were the main victims of these assassinations. They have no security anywhere in Afghanistan. Assassinations of soldiers, tribal elders and civilians are reported daily from different parts of the country.      Full news...

  • November 24, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Marijuana Production Legalized in Afghanistan
    BBC News: The Taliban government's interior ministry has announced that Cpharm, based in Australia, is set to invest $ 450 million in setting up a hashish factory in Afghanistan. "All cannabis products in Afghanistan will be legally contracted only with this company," said ministry spokesman Saeed Khosti. A spokesman for the Taliban's interior ministry told Cpharm that the project would require 30 acres of land to cultivate cannabis.      Full news...

  • November 24, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Three young girls were injured in Faryab
    Etlaat-e-Rooz: Local Taliban officials in Faryab province confirm that three young girls in the province have been wounded in the chest by their brothers. Shamsullah Mohammadi added that the girls have now been transferred to Faryab Provincial Hospital for treatment. He explained that the girls were first taken from their residence in the third district of Maimana by their two brothers and another person to an area on the outskirts of the city, and then wounded with a shotgun.      Full news...

  • November 20, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Girls at increasing risk of child marriage
    UN News: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received credible reports of families in Afghanistan offering daughters as young as 20 days old for future marriage in return for a dowry. In a statement released on Friday, the agency’s Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, said that she was “deeply concerned” over reports that child marriage is on the rise.      Full news...

  • November 18, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan ‘on the brink of catastrophe’: UN envoy
    AlJazeera: The UN envoy for Afghanistan says the country is “on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe”, urging the international community to find ways to provide financial support to the Afghan people, who “feel abandoned”. Deborah Lyons said an estimated 60 percent of Afghanistan’s 38 million people are facing crisis levels of hunger in a food emergency that will likely worsen over the winter.      Full news...

  • November 13, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A surgeon who helps burned Afghan women is now in hiding, afraid for her life
    NPR: At 32 years old, Dr. K is old enough to remember the first time the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in 1995. She was 7 when girls were banned from school. "For years, my mother ensured that we continued our studies in secret classes conducted by women teachers in their homes," she says. Inspired by her mother, who worked as a gynecologist, she enrolled to study medicine after the fall of the Taliban in 2001. By 2016, she had become a surgical resident at the country's only burn center, in the western province of Herat.      Full news...

  • November 3, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Targeted killings; four Afghan women shot dead in Mazar-e-Sharif
    Independent Persian: Relatives of a woman activist say that corpses of their daughter and three other girls are found in a pit near the Khalid ibn al-Walid town in Mazar-e-Sharif. One of the victims is Forouzan Safi, a 30-year-old woman. Forouzan was active in civil and advocacy activities for women and taught at a private university in Mazar-e-Sharif.      Full news...

  • November 2, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Dozens Killed in ISIS Attack on Military Hospital in Afghanistan’s Capital
    The New York Times: At least 25 people were killed and more than a dozen were wounded during an attack by the Islamic State on a military hospital in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Tuesday, according to local officials, with gunfire and explosions echoing throughout the city into the afternoon. The attack, which included armed gunmen and at least one suicide bomber, targeted the 400-bed Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan military hospital in one of Kabul’s more affluent neighborhoods, where both wounded soldiers who fought for the former government and Taliban fighters were being treated.      Full news...

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