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  • April 27, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    37 children die every hour in Afghanistan
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): 22 children under the age of five and 15 children below the age of one die every hour. And every 30 minutes, a mother dies during childbirth. These statistics were announced by Dr. Suraya Dalil, Deputy Minister for Policy and Planning and Acting Minister of Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in a press conference in Kabul with Dr. Eric Laroche, Assistant Director-General Health Action in Crises, World Health Organization (WHO).      Full news...

  • April 18, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    “In My Father’s House They Gathered All the Women into One Room”
    In late 2001, after helping kick the Taliban out of northern Afghanistan, two militias allied with the United States raped and plundered their way through your villages. One was the ethnic Uzbek militia of General Abdul Rashid Dostum; the other was made up of ethnic Hazara followers of the warlord Muhammad Mohaqiq. They killed your men, slaughtered and stole your livestock, pillaged your homes, and violated your sisters, mothers, and daughters. Some of them took the time to explain why they had picked you as their victims: Because you are Pashtun, the ethnic group that made up most of the Taliban.      Full news...

  • April 14, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    18-year-old Afghan woman slain in campaign of fear
    AP: A gunman lying in wait shot and killed an 18-year-old woman as she left her job at a U.S.-based development company Tuesday, casting a spotlight on a stepped-up campaign of Taliban intimidation against women .... Eight years after the U.S.-led invasion ousted the Taliban from power, fear again dominates the lives of many young women and girls in the violent south...      Full news...

  • April 14, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women Self-Immolation Surges in Paktia
    Quqnoos: Human rights bodies are concerned about the rise of women self-burnings in Paktia province. Daud Afzali, the head of the Human Rights Independent Commission, said during a session in southeast Afghanistan on ways how to reduce violence against women that several factors have boosted the self-burnings.      Full news...

  • April 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Family violence leads woman to commit suicide in Herat
    PAN: An Afghan woman in an attempt to commit suicide has burned herself in the western Herat province, an official said. Domestic violence has led Shabnam, 25, to commit suicide, her relatives said, as she was in a critical health condition at Herat provincial hospital. Shabnam was brought to the hospital "long after the incident", a doctor at the state-run medical facility, Mohammad Arif Jalali, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Thursday.      Full news...

  • April 5, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US special forces ‘tried to cover-up’ botched Khataba raid in Afghanistan
    The Times: US special forces soldiers dug bullets out of their victims’ bodies in the bloody aftermath of a botched night raid, then washed the wounds with alcohol before lying to their superiors about what happened, Afghan investigators have told The Times. Two pregnant women, a teenage girl, a police officer and his brother were shot on February 12 when US and Afghan special forces stormed their home in Khataba village, outside Gardez in eastern Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • March 31, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Sold, raped and jailed, a girl faces Afghan justice
    Reuters: For the shy Afghan girl who sat quietly in a detention center with a pale blue headscarf, teenage rebellion had come at a heavy price: seven years in prison. Engaged to an older man who had offered $5,000 to her father but in love with a boy she spoke to on the phone, the 16-year-old girl was hauled before a court that found her guilty of running away from home, according to an account she provided.      Full news...

  • March 27, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    NATO Tries to Silence a Truth-Teller in Afghanistan After Killing Pregnant Women
    Rethink Afghanistan: recently, we spoke with Afghanistan-based journalist Jerome Starkey about his reporting on special forces raids that killed civilians and NATOs surprising–and disappointing–response. This video contains disturbing images, and an even more disturbing story of violence, and an attempt to silence a truth-teller. It shows why its absolutely essential that we keep pushing back against the Pentagon’s message machine.      Full news...

  • March 27, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Recruit Afghan women to sell war to Europeans: CIA report
    AFP: A CIA expert has called for recruiting Afghan women in a public relations bid to persuade skeptical Europeans to support the NATO-led war effort, according to a document leaked Friday. "Afghan women could serve as ideal messengers in humanizing" the mission for European audiences, particularly in France, according to the CIA analysis, posted on WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website.      Full news...

  • March 25, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Human rights under pressure
    IRIN: Afghanistan’s hard-won post-Taliban human rights achievements are being eroded due to the persistent immunity from prosecution of powerful figures, the intensifying conflict, and the adoption of laws which undermine justice and human rights, a UN official warns.      Full news...


  • March 18, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Reports of Sexual Assault Involving Military Servicemembers Rose in 2009
    ABC News: Reports of sexual assault involving military servicemembers rose by 11 percent last year, but Pentagon officials said that was just what they were hoping would happen. There were 3,230 reports of sexual assault filed in Fiscal Year 2009, the Pentagon announced today. However, Pentagon officials see the rising numbers in a positive light because it has been a goal for the Defense Department to improve the reporting of cases of sexual assault....      Full news...

  • March 15, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Survivors of family killed in Afghanistan raid threaten suicide attacks
    The Times: A family whose members were killed in a botched night raid in eastern Afghanistan have rejected “blood money” from the Government and vowed to carry out suicide attacks unless the perpetrators are brought to justice. Two pregnant women, a teenage girl, a policeman and his brother were shot dead on February 12 by unidentified gunmen. Eight men were arrested in the raid on the village of Khataba in Paktia province. They have all been released.      Full news...

  • March 14, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Nato ‘covered up’ botched night raid in Afghanistan that killed five
    The Times: A night raid carried out by US and Afghan gunmen led to the deaths of two pregnant women, a teenage girl and two local officials in an atrocity which Nato then tried to cover up, survivors have told The Times. In a statement after the raid titled “Joint force operating in Gardez makes gruesome discovery”, Nato claimed that the force had found the women’s bodies “tied up, gagged and killed” in a room.      Full news...

  • March 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Women’s rights trampled despite new law
    IRIN: As the world marks International Women’s Day, ambivalence, impunity, weak law enforcement and corruption continue to undermine women’s rights in Afghanistan, despite a July 2009 law banning violence against women, rights activists say. A recent case of the public beating of a woman for alleged elopement - also shown on private TV stations in Kabul - highlights the issue.      Full news...

  • March 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Violence against women persists in Herat
    PAN: Despite efforts at improving their overall situation, women continue to be the target of violence in western Herat province, officials said on the International Women's Day. The Women Affairs Directorate said on Monday 633 cases of violence against females were reported in the province during the last solar year. Human rights officer at the directorate, Soraya Baleegh, told Pajhwok Afghan News the cases were linked to an increase in the number of drug addicts and growing poverty.      Full news...

  • March 5, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ‘Afghan women lawmakers hamstrung by warlords’
    AFP: Afghan women may hold a quarter of the seats in their country's parliament but many are mere mouthpieces for warlords, who continue to set the legislative agenda, an Afghan women's rights activist said. "Today we have 68 women in the parliament, 25 percent... We have a group of women high in quantity, but low in quality," Voice of Women director Suraya Pakzad told a meeting in the US Congress to mark International Women's Day.      Full news...

  • March 4, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan survivors describe NATO helicopter assault
    McClatchy Newspapers: The military helicopters swooped in from behind the three-vehicle convoy as it wound through a remote road in southern Afghanistan , and survivors of last week's deadly attack said they had no idea they were in danger until the lead four-wheel drive exploded. After seeing the gruesome aftermath of that rocket strike, survivors of the NATO attack told McClatchy , women jumped from the second car and frantically waved their head scarves to try to stop the attack.      Full news...

  • February 28, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Plight of Afghan Women in Prison
    This is a story about the women and children of Badam Bagh, the only women’s prison in Kabul. It is home to some 90 inmates, many of them mothers. Eighteen-year-old Krishma is one of them..... Fawzia, inmate: “It’s been two months since my arrest. I’m in here because after my husband had hit me, I got angry so I left my house and went to stay with my sister-in-law.” ... In another country, Fawzia and many of the women here would not even be in jail. They would be considered victims rather than perpetrators.      Full news...

  • February 23, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans call for Nato to leave after airstrike kills 27 civilians
    The Times: Relatives of 27 people killed when Nato aircraft bombed a civilian convoy in southern Afghanistan have demanded that foreign forces leave the country. Afghan officials said that at least four women and a child were among the dead. Twelve other civilians were wounded when three minibuses were attacked on Sunday in a remote part of Uruzgan province. The local governor and the Interior Minister said that all of the victims were civilians.      Full news...

  • February 21, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan girl in comma after being stabbed
    PAN: Police found a married girl stabbed in the neck inside a ruined house in northwestern Ghor province late Saturday evening, officials said on Sunday. The 16-year-old, identified as Shakar, was shifted to a nearby health facility, where doctors say the girl is still in comma. Doctors at Ghor Civil Hospital said the teenager was in a critical condition after she was stabbed in the neck.      Full news...

  • February 18, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Two Afghan women are publicly flogged by local warlord in Ghor
    RAWA News: According to reports by Afghan media, ordered by a local warlord called Fazl Ahad, two Afghan women were publicly flogged in Ghor province in Western Afghanistan. Spokesman of Ghor’s Governor, Abdul Hai Khatibi said these women were forcibly married in Dolina district, but later they both ran away from their husbands' houses. Police in Heart arrested the two and returned them to their village and handed over to their husbands.      Full news...

  • February 17, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bodies of 12 civilians killed by NATO handed over to families
    PAN: The bodies of a dozen people killed in a NATO air strike in Marja district two days ago were handed over to their families. A Marja dweller, who visited the hospital to receive the bodies of his relatives, said he lost 10 members of his family in the strike. He added his parents and a young brother were among his other family members dead in the assault. "No one attacked foreign forces from our house and there were no fighters hiding in our house," he explained.      Full news...

  • February 12, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bodies found gagged, bound after Afghan ‘honor killing’
    CNN: Four people found dead in a southeastern Afghan compound appear to be victims of an honor killing, a senior U.S. military official said on Friday. The bodies were discovered during an operation by Afghan and NATO-led forces in Paktia province, a volatile region along the border of Pakistan. NATO's International Security Assistance Force said the bodies of two men and two women were found      Full news...

  • February 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A witness to horror
    The Sydney Morning Herald: Anyone who has witnessed the horror of a charred body and the putrid stench of burned flesh knows how these sights and smells are seared into your psyche. But to witness such horrific injury to the body of a young woman who has purposefully done this to herself - in a desperate attempt to die – is almost too much to bear. Sydney filmmaker Amin Palangi kept his head down and his eye behind the camera as he filmed shocking scenes of burned young women and girls beng treated in Afghan hospitals.      Full news...

  • February 3, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women For Sale in Afghanistan
    The Huffington Post: In Shinwar, a district of Nangarhar province, there are two markets, one called Shadal and the other, Pikheh... these markets have one main commodity. And that commodity is women. In Nangarhar markets exist where women are sold. Cases have been reported where a woman was sold with her five children. Another woman was sold to five different people and returned back to the original man who sold her, then killed her.      Full news...

  • January 30, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Mullah Imam Arrested for Raping Two Women
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): The police say that they have arrested a Mullah Imam (a religious cleric who leads the prayers) in connection with the rape of two women in the Imam Sahib District of Kunduz Province. Police chief of Imam Sahib District, Abdul Qayum Ibrahimi stated the culprit’s name as Mullah Rahmatullah and told PAN that he was an Imam in the mosque of the Baika village and had been arrested two days back as he thought to be involved in the rape of two women.      Full news...

  • January 24, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Young Afghan Girl Committed Self-immolation
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): 17-year-old Amina of Chakhansoor District of Nimroz Province committed self-immolation and died because of a forced engagement to an old man. Habibullah, one of Amina’s relatives, told PAN that Dur Mohammad had engaged his daughter (Amina) to 55-year old Faiz Mohammad and in exchange had engaged Faiz’s 22-year old daughter to himself.      Full news...

  • January 23, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Father kills daughter in Sar-i-Pul province of Afghanistan
    PAN: A father killed his 19-year-old daughter who refused to marry a 12-year-old boy in northern Sar-i-Pul province, the deputy governor said on Saturday. ... Maliha reportedly planned to tie the knot with her neighbour Hayatullah, who took here back to her house. Her father, Gul Muhammad, beat her to death after the man left.      Full news...

  • January 20, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Women Dying and Torture Run Amuck
    t r u t h o u t: Two reports coming out of Afghanistan illustrate the depth of hypocrisy and subterfuge characterizing the US/NATO intervention in that country. One could cite a myriad of such examples, so immoral and wrong is the US war there. "Self-immolation is being used by increasing numbers of Afghan women to escape their dire circumstances ...."      Full news...



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