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  • August 24, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan president says coalition airstrike killed 95 civilians
    New York Times: President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned on Saturday a coalition airstrike that he said killed up to 95 Afghans — including 50 children — in a village in western Afghanistan on Friday, and said his government would be announcing measures to prevent the loss of civilian life in the future.      Full news...

  • August 22, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    76 women and children 'killed by coalition forces in Afghanistan'
    Telegraph.co.uk: US-led coalition forces killed 76 civilians - including 50 women and 19 children - in a military operation yesterday, the Afghan government said. The attack, which included air strikes, took place in the Shindand district of Herat province in the west of Afghanistan and an investigation is now underway, its interior ministry said in a statement.      Full news...



  • August 18, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Afghan women jailed for being victims of rape
    The Independent: Two-thirds of the women in Lashkar Gah's medieval-looking jail have been convicted of illegal sexual relations, but most are simply rape victims – mirroring the situation nationwide. The system does not distinguish between those who have been attacked and those who have chosen to run off with a man.      Full news...


  • August 13, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Three Western female aid workers shot dead in Afghanistan
    AFP: Three Western women aid workers and their Afghan driver were shot dead Wednesday by gunmen who fired numerous times into their vehicle near the capital Kabul, Afghan police and their organisation said. The killings, claimed by the insurgent Taliban, are the deadliest in years involving international aid workers.      Full news...

  • August 11, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Rape getting a public airing in Afghanistan
    AP via MSNBC: Rape — a crime long hidden in Afghanistan by victims fearing a life of scorn — is getting a public airing in this conservative Islamic country. In recent weeks, several outraged families have appeared on nightly news shows, demanding justice while sharing heartbreaking stories of sexual assaults on teenage daughters.      Full news...

  • August 4, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Desperate Afghan women choose death by fire
    The Financial Times: The hospital that Amina had been checked into a few days before is, by Afghan standards, one of the best in the country, built with international money, staffed by foreign- trained doctors and kitted out with modern equipment. She could not hope for better treatment.      Full news...

  • August 4, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Sex attacks on Afghan children continue to rise, rights group says
    Quqnoos: An Afghan human rights organisation has said the increase in the number of child rapes may drag the country into anarchy. Child rapes have risen sharply in recent years, according to Afghanistan’s Human Rights Organisation (AHRO), which claims most of the sexual assaults are carried out by government officials and other powerful men.      Full news...

  • August 4, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan mothers keep their kids with them in prison
    AP: Wahid is one of 226 young children who live in Afghanistan's prisons, with mothers who are among the country's 304 incarcerated women. These children have committed no crime. But their mothers have decided prison is the best option for them in a poor, war-torn country where a safe, comfortable home is a rarity.      Full news...


  • July 31, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    An Interview with Sonali Kolhatkar: What's Going on in Afghanistan
    CounterPunch: I’m really not sure what Bush, Obama, and McCain mean when they say they want to win in Afghanistan. And, I'm not sure they know either. It's probably just a public-relations gimmick to sound “tough on terror.” But, judging from what we've seen, they seem to think that “winning” means killing every last “terrorist” in Afghanistan. That sort of thinking is based on false assumptions and it's an unattainable goal.      Full news...



  • July 18, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Childhood ends at 11 for some Afghan girls; for others, an education begins
    The Canadian Press: Girls as young as 11 are considered just old enough for a husband. Their parents collect lucrative $10,000 dowries from wealthy grooms-to-be, and these pre-teens are sent off to become housewives and start raising families. Last year 60 Kandahar girls sought to escape their fate through suicide, provincial officials say. Like Sher, many wound up as hospital burn victims after dousing themselves with gasoline and setting themselves ablaze.      Full news...


  • July 14, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban execute two Afghan women
    World News Australia: A spokesman for Ghazni's governor, said the women, dressed in blue burqas, were shot and killed on Saturday just outside Ghazni city in central Afghanistan. He called the two "innocent local people." Taliban fighters told AP Television News the two were executed for allegedly running a prostitution ring catering to US soldiers and other foreign contractors at a US base in Ghazni city.      Full news...

  • July 14, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    High birth rate killing mothers, infants in Afghnaistan - UNFPA expert
    IRIN: Afghanistan has the highest fertility rate in Asia - 6.7 - which not only means the deaths of thousands of young mothers and infants every year but also poses long-term challenges, an expert of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) warned. “If the fertility rates are not reduced, Afghanistan’s population will more than double by 2050; from 47th most populous country, Afghanistan would become the 31st most populous country in the world,” Penumaka said.      Full news...

  • July 12, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women Wed to Addiction Find Relief at Kabul Center
    Women's eNews: Drug addiction is mounting in Afghanistan as wives get hooked on the smoke their husbands exhale. A women-only treatment clinic opened last year in Kabul, where the clinic's director estimates about one-third of the women in the city are addicted. Addiction in Afghanistan has doubled over the last few years, according to United Nations figures, and drug money is helping fund the Taliban, which controls many of the smuggling routes.      Full news...


  • July 6, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women in Afghanistan: Deprived of basic necessities
    MeriNews: Afghanistan has the highest rate of violence against women in the world. According to the ministry of Women’s Affairs, Afghan women lack their primary necessities and are subject to extreme violence. Girls are usually married before their legal age. During the last six months more than 2000 cases of violence have been registered throughout the country. It is said that most cases of violence against women are not reported due to the traditional and cultural complexities.      Full news...

  • June 24, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Daily Payman: A father raped his 13-year old daughter in Herat. Gulabshah raped his daughter, 13-year old Freshta, after severely beating his wife and forcing her out of the house. Freshta says, “My father tied my feet and mouth and raped me after throwing my mother out of the house.”      Full news...

  • June 24, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    PAN: A young girl was raped in Raghistan district of Badakhshan province. 17-year old Razia claimed that 40-year old Altaf Al-Rahman had raped her several times three days back. She told PAN that she wanted justice and the punishment of the rapist but didn’t give any further details.      Full news...

  • June 16, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Little support for victims of child sexual abuse
    IRIN News: Ten-year-old Sweeta still remembers the most painful moments of her life when a bulky 35-year-old man raped her in his office in the town of Sheberghan, Jowzjan Province, in northern Afghanistan. At around 10am on 31 January 2008 a vehicle with the markings and number plate of the Afghan National Army (ANA) stopped near a water-point where Sweeta was filling her buckets, according to AHRO.      Full news...

  • June 14, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Sex trade thrives in Afghanistan
    The Associated Press: The girl was 11 when she was molested by a man with no legs. The man paid her $5. And that was how she started selling sex. Afghanistan is one of the world's most conservative countries, yet its sex trade appears to be thriving. Sex is sold most obviously at brothels full of women from China who serve both Afghans and foreigners. Far more controversial are Afghan prostitutes, who stay underground in a society that pretends they don't exist.      Full news...

  • June 13, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Sun News: Paradise is a brothel in an unmarked residential compound in an upscale Kabul neighbourhood where prostitutes from China cater to Western men. Since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, thousands of Westerners working for security firms, companies and aid groups have poured into Afghanistan. Not long after came Chinese prostitutes, in some cases trafficked into the country.      Full news...

  • June 13, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Globe and Mail: Since the repressive Taliban regime was toppled in late 2001, Afghanistan, which has one of the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the world, has vastly improved health-care services for mothers and their babies. However, in restive regions in southern Afghanistan, such as rural areas in Kandahar and Helmand provinces, many women say the situation has worsened.      Full news...

  • June 13, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Protesters in Kabul: Aid will not help Afghanistan when criminals are in power
    Hundreds of families of the war victims in a show off protest in front of the UN office called upon president Hamid Karzai and the UN to bring to justice those responsible for three decades long war in the country killing millions of innocent people. Referring to the Paris conference they said hundreds of millions of aid is poured into Afghanistan, but no considerable progress can be seen in the reconstruction of the country.      Full news...



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