Afghan Women under the tyranny of the misogynist fundamentalists

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Self-immolation among Afghan Women (horrible photos)

Afghan woman, victim of terrible family violence     Victim of crime by husband     Domestic Violence against children    Self-immolations among Afghan women    Gang-rape of 12-y-old girl
Afghan women in chains of the brutal fundamentalists
  • January 15, 2020 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan religious clerk warns to punish women who disregard Islamic Hijab
    An Afghan religious clerk in western Herat province has started a widespread campaign, urging women to wear Islamic Hijab – a large headscarf – and has ordered his followers to punish those who disregard it. Mujeeb Rahman Ansari, a popular Islamic extremist and a religious clerk in the western Herat province installed dozens of billboards and signboards around the city, targeting Afghan women, urging them to wear Islamic Hijab.      Full news...

  • September 23, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Inside Afghanistan: Nearly Half of Afghan Women Want to Leave
    Gallup: In less than a week, millions of Afghans will likely head to the polls to elect their next president, but record numbers of them -- including nearly half of Afghan women -- would rather be someplace else and leave their war-torn country permanently if they could. Gallup surveys show that life in Afghanistan in 2018 was, on many levels, worse than at any point in the past decade.      Full news...

  • September 1, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In Afghanistan, Combating the Dubious Science of Virginity Testing
    Undarkud: In the winter of 2009, as a young teenager, Soraya says she was raped by a 22-year-old male teacher at her English language school in Eastern Afghanistan. A few months later, she was spotted by Afghan police walking with her rapist on the street. After being taken to the police station, she was forced to call her father, who was informed that she had likely engaged in adultery. Soraya’s father hit her when he arrived at the station and insisted that she be submitted to a virginity test.      Full news...

  • June 29, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Midwife and nurse gang-raped in northern Afghan province
    AT News: KABUL: Police in northern Sar-e-Pul province detained nine people after allegations that they gang-raped a midwife and a nurse in Aab Khorak Village in Ruyi Du Aab district of the province. Provincial police headquarters of Samangan in a statement said the detained individuals are accused of beating, robbing, and gang-rape of the two women.      Full news...

  • June 28, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban shoot and kill pregnant woman for condemning group
    1 TV: Taliban insurgents have executed a 25-year-old pregnant woman in Afghanistan’s northern Sar-i-Pul province after she condemned the group's fight against government forces, the army said Wednesday. Afghan army’s 209 Shaheen Corps in a statement said that after a number of Taliban militants were killed in an operation by security forces, the woman told Taliban members: “You wouldn’t be killed if you didn’t go.”      Full news...

  • June 26, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban Lash 2 Women for Attending Music Party in Noristan Province, Afghanistan
    Darpan: A newly published video shows that Taliban lashed women in Nuristan for “singing/dancing”. Taliban’s leaders in Qatar tells U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad that they are no longer “the old Taliban” but the video has raised fresh question over the issue. Keeping in mind the atrocities and subjugating laws that women were subjected to in the Taliban-held regime, the women of Afghanistan are apprehensive of losing the freedoms that have acquired when the US-backed Afghan regime was established.      Full news...

  • June 24, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: The Country of Widows
    Daily Outlook: Afghanistan is one of the world’s most prolific producers of orphans and widows. The number of widows in Afghanistan is estimated to be from 600,000 to two million (2M), one of the highest in the world. Three decades of war in Afghanistan have created a large crowd of widows. Most of these widows in Afghanistan lost their husbands as a result of war and conflicts.      Full news...

  • June 19, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Zero Girl Graduated from Helmand Schools in Last 18 Years
    Ariana News: No single female student has been graduated from high schools in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan during the last 18 years. According to the local officials, even there are no schools for girls in some districts of the province. Ataullah Afghan, a member of the Helmand provincial council said that except the provincial capital and Gerishk district, schools are not open for girls in other districts of the province.      Full news...

  • May 23, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Deadly air raids kill 14 civilians in Afghanistan: UN
    Al Jazeera: Air raids in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand and eastern Kunar provinces have killed at least 14 civilians, the UN said on Thursday. Seven children were among those killed in the attacks that took place in Helmand’s Gereshk and Kunar’s Chawki districts on Monday and Wednesday, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement.      Full news...

  • May 11, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mena Mangal: journalist and political adviser shot dead in Kabul
    The Guardian: A prominent Afghan journalist and political adviser has been gunned down in Kabul, just days after she warned on social media that she feared for her life. Mena Mangal was shot dead on Saturday morning in south-east Kabul. The attack, in broad daylight in a public place, prompted an outpouring of grief and anger from women’s rights activists, directed at authorities who had left her unprotected in the face of threats.      Full news...

  • November 25, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Thousand Girls Like Me: An Afghan Woman's Fight Against Rape
    Al Jazeera: “Every woman in this country has a hundred owners. It’s always been like that. Fathers, brothers, uncles, neighbours. They all believe they have the right to speak on our behalf and make decisions for us. That’s why our stories are never heard but buried with us underground.” - Sahra Mani Mosawi, filmmaker      Full news...

  • August 10, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Zahra, beaten by husband who then poured acid on her face (Translated by RAWA): Zahra, a woman who is currently admitted in Isteqlal Hospital (Kabul), claims that her husband first beat her severely and then poured acid on her face. This woman, who has four children, says that her husband had been violent towards her a number of times, but last Friday, he poured acid on her face in front of their children.      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 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 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 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...

  • February 23, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Horrifying: woman beaten publicly in northern Afghanistan (Translated by RAWA): On February 1, 2018, a 22-year-old woman named Suraya was beaten publicly in Rabaat Amdeen village of Chah Aab district in northern Takhar province. The woman’s husband is living in Iran, and the woman was accused of having relations with another man. Based on this accusation, Faiz, a local commander and one of Bashir Qanet’s (belonging to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hezbe-Islami or Islamic Party) thugs, ordered her to be beaten brutally in public, in a mock court ruling.      Full news...

  • December 29, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The shame of Afghanistan’s virginity tests
    BBC News: Neda sits on a threadbare Afghan rug. A shy 18 year old from Bamiyan in central Afghanistan, she adjusts her headscarf as she recalls the day doctors forcibly subjected her to an intimate and degrading “virginity test”. It was 2015 and she had just finished a late-night theatre rehearsal. The walk home would have taken nearly two hours. So, together with another girl, she accepted a lift from two male friends.      Full news...

  • October 19, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan fourth-worst place in the world for girls’ education: report
    Foreign Policy: Around 130 million girls don’t go to school every day. ONE, a global organization that fights extreme poverty, is trying to fix that by finding out where the problem is the worst. Their new report ranks the 10 worst nations in the world for girls to get an education. Nine of those are in Africa. The other? Afghanistan — a place where the United States has poured massive funds for education since overthrowing the Taliban there in 2001.      Full news...

  • October 17, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    HRW: Two-thirds of Afghan girls do not attend school
    Human Rights Watch: Afghan government and international donor efforts since 2001 to educate girls have significantly faltered in recent years, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Sixteen years after the US-led military intervention in Afghanistan ousted the Taliban, an estimated two-thirds of Afghan girls do not attend school.      Full news...

  • October 9, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Female university student commits suicide in dorm
    Rasad News (Translated by RAWA): A female student who lived in the Badakhshan university dorm, killed herself in the dorm. Nek Mohammad Nazari, the spokesperson for Badakhshan province’s governor, told Rasad News that the student was named Shukria and belonged to Shaghnan district of this province. According to Mr. Nazari, Shukria hung herself in the dorm around midnight the night before and her class fellows found her dead body this morning and informed the police.      Full news...

  • August 30, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    House Bombarded in American Airstrikes killing 11 civilians including 8 women, 2 children missing
    The New York Times: At least 11 civilians were killed Wednesday in American airstrikes in southeastern Afghanistan, witnesses and officials said, the second deadly allied strike in three days to add to the country’s mounting civilian death toll. The airstrikes, near Dasht e Barai, in Logar Province, came during a joint Afghan and American military operation to pursue Taliban forces, said Salim Salih, a spokesman for the provincial governor, and it was part of President Trump’s new strategy to bolster Afghan forces combating insurgents.      Full news...

  • August 22, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    “Woman and man shot dead by Taliban for having illicit relations”
    BBC Persian (Translated by RAWA): Local officials in north-eastern Badakhshan province have reported that a man and a woman had been killed by the Taliban for having “illicit relations” in Daraym district of the province. Abdul Khaliq Aaqsaai, police chief of Badakhshan province, told BBC that the Taliban had killed the two people in Pamchyan village. According to him, the victims were both married.      Full news...

  • August 21, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Domestic Violence Victim’s Mother Seeks Justice In Kabul Mother of a young woman who was allegedly killed by her husband in Nahrin district in Baghlan province has come to Kabul to seek justice. Bibi Nuqli said her son-in-law married to another girl and killed her daughter 20 days ago. She said her daughter had complained to Baghlan’s human rights institutions over being subjected to torture and not receiving food by her husband.      Full news...

  • August 15, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A young woman killed by her brother in Jowzjan province
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): Local officials in Jowzjan province reported that a man killed his 25-year-old sister in Shibirghan city, and fled from the scene.Mohammad Reza Ghafoori, the governor’s spokesperson, said the woman killed by her brother was from Qowsh Tapa district of this province. He stated, “She had eloped with a man ten years ago and lived in Shibirghan city after marrying him. The marriage had been against her family’s will.”      Full news...

  • July 27, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ‘Wars Are Not Fought to Liberate Women’
    Fair: Media are celebrating the participation of Afghan girls in a robotics competition in DC after being denied visas twice as somehow a feel-good story about America. No one seems to have pondered the irony of the denial, given that Afghan girls doing science is precisely the sort of PR moment the US pretended the 2001 invasion was all about. It could have opened a talk about what decades of unending war on Afghanistan have actually done towards that ostensible goal, but it did not.      Full news...

  • July 26, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Diplomat Protected By Immunity After “Beating” Wife An Afghan diplomat who reportedly beat his wife so badly that she required medical care at a hospital won’t face legal consequences for his action as he has diplomatic immunity, police told the New York Post. The report said that Mohammad Yama Aini allegedly assaulted his wife Mezhgan Aini, 30, at their home in New York city at 12:30 a.m Saturday, police sources said.      Full news...

  • July 19, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Toll of Conflict on Afghan Women Worsens
    HRW: Many more women are being killed and injured in Afghanistan today than a year ago, according to the United Nation’s latest civilian casualty report. They are casualties of an intensifying armed conflict that is also claiming more children as victims every year. As news outlets focus on increases in US troop numbers and policy shifts in Afghanistan, it’s easy to forget the terrible toll the war has on Afghan civilians.      Full news...

  • July 2, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Father Kills Daughter And Her Male Friend A Badghis man has reportedly killed his daughter and her male friend after she allegedly ran away from home, local officials said Sunday. Badghis provincial governor’s spokesman Zahir Bahand confirmed the incident and said a man in Kandalan area of Qala-e-Naw, the provincial capital, shot dead his 14-year-old daughter and her 18-year-old friend.      Full news...

  • June 18, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A woman dies in every two hours
    The Killid Group: A recent survey reveals that the maternal and child mortality rate in Afghanistan has once again surged compared to previous years and the hopes that the problem would be addressed has gone forever. Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) had announced last year to alleviate maternal and child mortality rate through a five-year plan of midwifery nursing. The maternal and child mortality rate was 237 women from 100,000 before but the figure is now 1,200 women from 100,000 Afghan women.      Full news...

  • June 14, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Female teacher shot dead in Balkh province
    Roushd News (Translated by RAWA): Authorities of Balkh province say that unknown men shot a female teacher to death in Balkh district of this province. The woman was a teacher in the district and was killed this morning. Sher Jan Durrani, spokesperson of the Balkh police, stated that the woman was 25-years-old.      Full news...

  • June 13, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman killed with axe by husband in northern Afghanistan
    Khaama Press (Translated by RAWA): A woman was killed with an axe in northern Sare Pul province, it has been reported. Authorities of the province say the incident occurred during noon in Chashme Shifa area of the province, the day before. Zabiullah Amani, the governor’s spokesperson, also confirmed the incident, saying the husband had escaped. He said efforts are being made to arrest and prosecute him.      Full news...

  • May 18, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman tortured with heated tools by husband and in-laws
    TOLOnews (Translated by RAWA): Qadria, a resident of Farkhar district in Takhar province, spoke to TOLOnews on May 18, and revealed the forms of violence she faced from her husband and his relatives. She said that the night before, her mother-in-law, husband, and two brother-in-laws, first accused her of having relations with a man living next door, then locked her in a room; then they tied up her hands and feet and taped her mouth, and tortured her with hot screwdrivers and pliers.      Full news...

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Gulbar in a local hospital in Badghis province
Gulbar, an Afghan woman who was burnt by her husband in Nov.2005 (details...)

Muska a victim in so-called liberated Afghanistan
Muska, a female election worker who committed suicide after rape attempt on her in Jalalabad on Oct.9, 2004 (details...)
A woman victim of family violence
A true face of Afghan women today.
"There is a huge gap between the reality on the ground and the 'remarkable progress' claimed by western diplomats who sit in fortified compounds behind guards..." (Christina Lamb, The Sunday Times, November 5, 2006)

Women crying
Women wailing with grief as they are turned away from a funeral in Kabul in late 1994. AI
Those responsible for these killings are now in possession of power in Afghanistan and strongly supported by the US government.

An Afghan women
A woman with her child recounts how her husband was killed in Afshar, west of Kabul. Hundreds of innocent people from Hazara minority were massacred by forces of Sayyaf and Ahmad Shah Massoud in this area in 1993
Zarmeena is being excuted by Taliban
Public execution of an Afghan woman by Taliban in Kabul
Photos from a video film by RAWA (click here to view more photos and movie clips)

a victim
A victim of the fundamentalists brutalities against women
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A woman who was gang-raped and then killed The Jehadi fundamentalists after gang-raping Shukria, killed her in cold-blood

Shukria d/o Ali Mardan was the mother of four children and lived in Kabul. She had a tailoring-shop. On May 22, 1993 she was on her way to Shahrara when suddenly a car braked to a halt and a group of armed-jehadi jumped out and dragged her to their car and in a minute disappeared. Her ill-fated family searched every where but in vain.... Till, after fifty-five days her blood-soaked semi-naked body was found in Khairkhana, Kabul.

Today again the Northern Alliance, the rapists and murderers of thousands of Shukrias have key positions in the new Afghan government.

Nahid killed on Feb.9, 1993 Naheed another victims of the Jehadi Fundamentalists

Thirteen-year-old Nahida Hassan became a symbol for Afghan women and girls who were raped during the two decades of war. [On Feb.9, 1993] when a commander and twenty of his troops broke into her Kabul apartment, killing her 12-year-old brother and gunning down her other male relatives, Nahida understood she was the target. To avoid being sexually savaged, she leapt from the sixth-floor window to her death. Today, there is a shrine on the spot where she fell. "Everyone knew who the commander was. But no one dared touch him," said the girl's 64-year-old grandfather, Mohammed Hassan. The commander enjoyed the protection of his party, whose fundamentalist cleric leader, Burhanuddin Rabbani, headed the government at the time and, more recently, the Northern Alliance, which holds key positions in the new interim administration.

Jan Goodwin, The Nation, April 29, 2002

WOMEN IN AFGHANISTAN: A human rights catastrophe
(Amnesty International document, March 1995)

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