Afghan Women under the tyranny of the misogynist fundamentalists

Medieval restrictions imposed by Taliban on Afghan women since Aug.2021

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Afghan women in chains of the brutal fundamentalists
  • February 26, 2024 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban decrees on clothing and male guardians leave Afghan women scared to go out alone, says UN
    Indian Express News: Afghan women feel scared or unsafe leaving their homes alone because of Taliban decrees and enforcement campaigns on clothing and male guardians, according to a report from the UN mission in Afghanistan.The report, issued Friday, comes days before a UN-convened meeting in the Qatari capital is set to start, with member states and special envoys to Afghanistan to discuss engagement with the Taliban and the country’s crises, including the human rights situation.      Full news...

  • February 20, 2024 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Unidentified Armed Individuals Gun Down a Woman in Balkh Province
    Afghan Women News: Local sources in Balkh province report the shooting of a young woman by unidentified armed individuals in the province. According to the sources, the body of a woman who had been shot was discovered in the village of Kol Ambu in the Balkh district of Balkh province on the morning of Monday, February 5. According to an informed source, this woman was shot by unidentified armed individuals around 4 a.m. Her identity and the motive behind her murder are not yet clear.      Full news...

  • February 18, 2024 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    RAWA: We take courage from our Kurdish sisters
    ANF News: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) sent a message to the internationalist women struggling in Rojava on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the international conspiracy that led to Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan’s abduction from Kenya and handover to Turkey on 15 February 1999.We, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, advocate united struggle and solidarity for the release of Abdullah Öcalan and all political prisoners.For more than half a century, Afghan women have been living under the heavy burden of imperialism and oppressive fundamentalist regimes. Recently, the Taliban regime has further oppressed women and ignored everything related to them. It has usurped women's rights and dignity, confined them to their homes and imposed compulsory head covering, arresting those who do not comply.      Full news...

  • February 6, 2024 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Taliban and the Global Backlash Against Women’s Rights
    Human Rights Watch: In the last two and a half years after regaining power in Afghanistan, the Taliban, have created the world’s most serious women’s rights crisis. They have systematically violated the rights of women and girls including as they relate to education, paid employment, freedom of speech and movement, and political participation among many others. The response of the international community has been tepid and seems to lack an appreciation of how the situation in Afghanistan has grave implications for the rights of women and girls globally. More needs to be done to prevent this from developing any further and to reinforce global commitment to gender equality.      Full news...

  • February 1, 2024 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suffocating Afghan women
    Dawn News: ALMOST two years after they seized control of Kabul, the Afghan Taliban are still engrossed in suffocating Afghan women. Education for girls in secondary school and women in university was banned a while ago. Then a ban was imposed on women working in NGOs, adding to the restrictions on women working for the government. This plethora of curbs eliminating and erasing women from the public sphere was not enough for the Taliban. Recently, women working in beauty parlours came to work to find out that the faces of women on signs advertising their parlours had been erased.      Full news...

  • January 23, 2024 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban force 600 Afghan women out of jobs amid rights crackdown
    Afghanistan Time:United Nations Assistance Mission in its latest report has said that the Taliban’s Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice played a key role in enforcing restrictions on women’s rights, particularly in areas of work, education, and freedom of movement. The ministry’s actions, including impeding unmarried women and those without a male guardian from working or accessing services, were documented during the reported period.      Full news...

  • January 23, 2024 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban enforcing restrictions on single and unaccompanied Afghan women – UN
    East London Advertiser: The Taliban are restricting Afghan women’s access to work, travel and healthcare if they are unmarried or do not have a male guardian, according to a UN report.In one incident, officials from the Afghan vice and virtue ministry advised a woman to get married if she wanted to keep her job at a healthcare facility, saying it was inappropriate for an unwed woman to work.The Taliban have barred women from most areas of public life and stopped girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade (aged 11-12) as part of harsh measures they imposed after taking power in 2021, despite initially promising more moderate rule.      Full news...

  • January 15, 2024 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In the new Afghanistan, it’s sell your daughter or starve
    The Washington Post: Their names are Khoshbakht, Saliha, Fawzia, Benazir, Farzana and Nazia — Afghan girls ages 6 to 10 who have been sold into marriage. Desperation forced their parents to thrust them into brutal adulthood. In Shahrak-e-Sabz, a settlement of makeshift mud-brick homes and tents for the displaced in Herat province that we visited last month, our researchers counted 118 girls who had been sold as child brides, and 116 families with girls waiting for buyers. This amounts to 40 percent of families surveyed, even though the Taliban decreed in late 2021...      Full news...

  • January 10, 2024 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban detains dozens of women in Afghanistan for breaking hijab rules with “modeling”
    CBS News: Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have rounded up dozens of women in an apparent crackdown on perceived violations of the group’s strict dress code. Dozens of women and girls were detained briefly last week in Kabul, a senior Taliban spokesperson told CBS News on Monday, confirming what appeared to be a new tactic in the group’s efforts to curb women’s rights. The arrests by the Taliban’s morality police occurred over several days and first came to light via videos and photos posted on social media. The Taliban confirmed the arrests after photos and video clips showed women being loaded onto the back of police pickup trucks in the capital city.      Full news...

  • December 30, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Veiled rebellion: Female medical students go underground in Afghanistan
    Al Jazeera: After five years of medical training, Lima, 28, should be one year into her residency as a doctor, perfecting her diagnostic skills. Instead, she takes temperatures and administers injections, tasks she has been doing at an emergency room in Kabul for three months now. While this is not the work she expected to be doing at this point in her career, she’s happy to at least be doing this.“Being at the hospital means I can stay close to my field.It helps me to stay connected to it,” Lima told Al Jazeera over the course of several telephone calls. She is identified by her first name only for safety reasons.      Full news...

  • December 27, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ‘Dying every two hours’: Afghan women risk life to give birth
    Arab News: KHOST, Afghanistan: Zubaida traveled from the rural outskirts of Khost in eastern Afghanistan to give birth at a maternity hospital specializing in complicated cases, fearing a fate all too common among pregnant Afghan women — her death or her child’s.She lay dazed, surrounded by the unfamiliar bustle of the Doctors Without Borders (MSF)-run hospital, exhausted from delivery the day before, but relieved.Her still-weak newborn slept nearby in an iron crib with peeling paint, the child’s eyes lined with khol to ward off evil.      Full news...

  • December 17, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Oppressed by the Taliban, she swallowed acid, Now her siblings are trying to save her life
    CNN: Arzo is so weak she spends most of her day lying on a thin mattress in a dimly lit room under a ceiling fan that steadily circulates the polluted air of Pakistan’s largest city.To pass the time, she watches makeup videos on her cellphone, the glow of the screen illuminating the faded freckles of a teenager whose skin now rarely sees the sun. Arzo is a long way from her home in Afghanistan, where she lived with her parents before being smuggled across the border for medical treatment. Her older brother and sister, Ahamad and Mahsa, now care for her in a rented room in Karachi, their temporary refuge from life in Afghanistan under Taliban rule.      Full news...

  • December 12, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    “Irreversible damage” for boys and girls in Taliban schools “will haunt Afghanistan’s future”, report warns
    CBS News: The U.S. Treasury announced new sanctions over the weekend against two Taliban regime officials in Afghanistan, accusing the men of roles in the systemic “repression of women and girls."”p The Treasury specifically noted the Taliban’s ban on girls attending school beyond the sixth grade as “severe and pervasive discrimination”. ut while the impact on Afghan women and girls of the Taliban’s draconian crackdown on education has been well documented, a report from the New York-based organization Human Rights Watch warns that the Islamic fundamentalists’ approach to schooling is “causing irreversible damage to the Afghan education system for boys as well as girls.”      Full news...

  • December 10, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UN says the Taliban must embrace and uphold human rights obligations in Afghanistan
    ABC News: The Taliban must embrace and uphold human rights obligations in Afghanistan, the U.N. mission in the country said Sunday on Human Rights Day and the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Since seizing power in 2021, the Taliban have erased basic rights and freedoms, with women and girls deeply affected. They are excluded from most public spaces and daily life, and the restrictions have sparked global condemnation.      Full news...

  • December 6, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Human Rights Activist Nabila Rahimi Arrested by the Taliban Group
    Afghanistan Women News: Local sources in Takhar province report the detention of Nabila Rahimi, a human rights activist and trainer of health programs of a contractor organization with United Nations development programs, by the Taliban. According to the sources, Nabila Rahimi was arrested from her work place on Wednesday, November 22 after being beaten by Taliban forces. One of Nabila’s relatives confirmed her arrest on Saturday, November 25, 2023, and said that Nabila was arrested by Taliban forces due to continuing her activities from the area of ​​Oil Selling Road, Taloqan city, Takhar province.      Full news...

  • December 5, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The situation of imprisoned women’s rights activists under severe torture by the Taliban
    Afghanistan Women News: After gaining power in Afghanistan, the Taliban group systematically, violently and cruelly treats women. This extremist group forcefully imposes that women must be kept in their homes and are not allowed to leave the house and be in the community. The Taliban group is specifically targeting and harassing women’s rights activists who have fought against the group in various fields in the past. Taliban forces persecute them by keeping in prisons, enduring tortures and beatings.      Full news...

  • December 1, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Hosna Sadat, the former TV presenter, committed suicide by jumping from the fourth floor of her block
    Afghanistan Wmen News: Hosna Sadat, the former presenter of Khurshid private TV, ended her life by jumping from the fourth floor of a building in Qala-e-Fathullah area of ​​the 10th district of Kabul. A number of Hosna Sadat’s friends called the reason for her suicide to escape from the hands of the Taliban and said that last night the Taliban had invaded her house, she had to jump from the fourth floor of her residential building to save herself and eventuated to committing suicide.The news of Hasna’s suicide has become public today, Friday, December 1.      Full news...

  • November 22, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women’s tailoring banned in Herat, specialized women’s market closed in Balkh
    Khama Press: Sources from Herat confirm that the Taliban administration has prohibited women’s tailoring in the central region of this province. Simultaneously, some media outlets have reported establishing a specialized women’s market in Balkh. The source, who preferred not to be named in the report, informed Khama Press that Taliban forces entered the city Wednesday morning to inspect commercial markets. Several markets, including all women’s clothing tailoring centres, have been closed as part of this inspection.      Full news...

  • November 15, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban Shuts Down Girls’ Education Centers in Herat, Afghanistan
    BNN News: Taliban fighters in Herat province, Afghanistan, launched a crackdown on girls’ education, forcibly shutting down several educational centers. The closures were enforced by physically blocking entrances and sealing gates, striking a blow to female education in a country where it has already been severely curtailed. In Ghazni province, schools were previously closed due to reasons such as male teachers shaving their beards and female teachers not adhering to the hijab dress code. For over two years, the Taliban has enforced a ban on girls attending universities and schools beyond the sixth grade.      Full news...

  • November 12, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    What the World Needs to Do For Afghan Women
    Human Rights Watch: Hauling women off of a plane when they had almost made their escape to study overseas. Banning women from one of the world’s most stunning national parks. Pushing girls out of school at age 10. Dismissing female nursery school teachers. Shuttering all beauty salons at a cost of 60,000 women’s jobs.The last month or two has been a busy time for the Taliban. As we mark the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that led to the Taliban being toppled, they are fully back in charge and deeply unchanged, despite promises to the contrary. These are the latest among what UN experts describe as their “widespread, systematic, and all-encompassing” attack on the rights of women and girls.      Full news...

  • November 10, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Freedom Fades, Suffering Remains for Women in Afghanistan
    Gallup News: Prospects remain grim for women and girls inside Afghanistan in 2023, as well as the hundreds of thousands of undocumented refugee women and girls whom Pakistan is currently forcing to return to the Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. As they have since the Taliban’s takeover in 2021, Gallup surveys continue to show that nearly all Afghan women are suffering and most do not feel women in their country are treated with respect. But this year, women’s satisfaction with the freedom they have to choose what they do with their lives has dropped to an unprecedented low. Just 11% of Afghan women interviewed in July said they are satisfied with the freedom they have to choose what they do with their lives, which is a new record low, not just for Afghanistan but for any country or population that Gallup has ever polled.      Full news...

  • November 7, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The IOC has turned a blind eye to Taliban violations of the Olympic Charter for more than two years
    Play the Game: For more than two years, the Taliban regime in Kabul has been in full violation of the Olympic Charter thanks to its religious war on women’s sport in Afghanistan. But the Islamic rulers of the Asian country have not yet been sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for their discrimination against female athletes.“That the Taliban allow a single female flag bearer at a major tournament, while simultaneously crushing the rights and hopes of millions of Afghan women athletes is more likely a cruel strategy by the Taliban to cover up systematic rights abuses than any mark of meaningful progress,” Worden says to Play the Game.      Full news...

  • November 5, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban Prohibit Treatment of Male and Female Patients in Same Building in Ghazni Province
    Hasht-e-Subh: The Department for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, under the Taliban’s rule in Ghazni province, has issued a directive prohibiting the treatment of male and female patients in the same building within the province’s hospitals, according to sources.Officials from the Taliban’s Department for the Promotion of Virtue in Ghazni province have warned healthcare facility authorities that violations will result in penalties.      Full news...

  • October 30, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    More than 10 women’s tailoring shops blocked in Mazar-i-Sharif city
    Bayan News: Officials of the Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Balkh province have blocked more than 10 women’s tailoring shops today, Monday (October 30), due to non-compliance with the orders of the Islamic Emirate.Sources say that these women’s tailoring shops were located in the bustling Zalal Trade Market in Mazar-i-Sharif city, and it had been instructed that these shops be relocated to the Khadija Kubra Market, which is dedicated to women.      Full news...

  • October 28, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan earthquake: “Women were prisoners in their homes and now they are dead”
    Sky News: The Taliban regime forced women to choose between abiding by the law or surviving - and so many died in fear. Weeks on from one of the most destructive earthquakes in Afghanistan's history, thousands of people in Herat are living in tents next to what remains of their homes.The 6.3-magnitude quake hit on 11 October, destroying entire villages and leaving more than 2,400 people dead.Women and children have been disproportionately affected by the disaster, the UN has said, and make up more than 90% of the dead.      Full news...

  • October 19, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman allegedly hangs herself in Faryab province after forced marriage
    Rukhshana: A newlywed woman from Faryab province has been found dead in the bathroom of her home after allegedly hanging herself. The Taliban’s head of information and culture in Faryab Shamsuddin Mohammadi said the 21-year-old woman was found at about 12:30pm on Tuesday at home in the Arzlik area of Qaisar district.Anecdotally, the number has been increasing in proportion to girls and women losing their freedom and human rights under Taliban rule since August 2021.      Full news...

  • October 19, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Chilling Crime Unfolds: Man Brutally Murders His Two Wives in Badghis Province
    Hasht-E Subh: Local sources in Badghis have reported a horrifying incident where a man, identified as Ismail, murdered his two wives.The motive behind this tragic event has been identified as domestic violence. The Taliban in Badghis have confirmed the incident and announced that they are actively trying to apprehend the suspect.This unfortunate incident mirrors similar cases that have occurred in various parts of the country in the past.      Full news...

  • October 17, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Tragedy in Open Space: Woman Succumbs to Cold Weather in Herat
    Hasht-E Subh: Local sources in Herat have tragically confirmed the death of a woman due to the cold weather in the Herat province. According to witnesses speaking to Hasht-e Subh, the woman passed away on Wednesday, October 17th, in Taraqi Park, Herat. Originally from the Karukh district, she lived in the open space of Taraqi Park with her family, driven by fear of potential earthquakess speaking to Hasht-e Subh, the woman passed away on Wednesday, October 17th, in Taraqi Park, Herat. Originally from the Karukh district, she lived in the open space of Taraqi Park with her family, driven by fear of potential earthquakes.      Full news...

  • October 16, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Three women dead in suspected domestic violence cases in Kapisa and Faryab
    Rukhshana: Two women have been killed allegedly by their husbands in separate incidents in Kapisa province, while a third married woman has allegedly taken her own life after a domestic dispute in northern Faryab province. A reliable source in Kapisa province, who wished to remain anonymous for security reasons, said a 17-year-old named Mosak was allegedly shot dead by her husband in Chishma area of Hese-Awal area of Kohistan district on Sunday.      Full news...

  • October 12, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Why did the impact of Afghanistan quake have a ‘gender dimension’?
    Associated Press: Afghan women and children were disproportionately killed by the earthquake across Herat province this last weekend because they were more likely to be at home when buildings fell. Many are now concerned about who will raise the children left without mothers. The Afghanistan representative for the U.N. Population Fund, Jaime Nadal, said there would have been no “gender dimension” to the death toll if the quake had happened at night.      Full news...

  • October 9, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Nature’s Wrath and The Taliban Mismanagement: Some Victims Still Trapped Under Rubble
    Hasht-E Subh: The Earthquake in Herat province has claimed the lives of more than two thousand people and injured thousands more. As a result of this earthquake, approximately 13 villages have been destroyed, and hundreds are still trapped under the rubble.On the other hand, sources report that on the first day of the earthquake, the Taliban prevented women who had left their homes for safety from venturing outside. These sources alleged that the Taliban told women they had no right to leave their homes without a male escort. Additionally, the Taliban’s office in Herat had arranged transportation for male journalists to go to the disaster site on the previous day but did not provide the same facilities for female journalists.      Full news...

  • October 9, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Most casualties in recent Afghan earthquakes are women, children -WHO
    Reuters: The U.N.’s humanitarian office has announced $5 million worth of assistance for the quake response, but immediate material support has come from a limited few countries. Afghanistan's healthcare system, largely reliant on foreign aid, has faced crippling cuts in the two years since the Taliban took over and much international assistance, forming the backbone of the economy, was halted.      Full news...

  • September 28, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban detain a woman protester and her son in Kabul without charge
    Rukhshana: An Afghan women protestor and her adult son have been detained by Taliban forces in a raid on the family home in Qala-e-Fatullah in Kabul. Mrs Parsi is one of the protesting women and a member of the women’s movement called the Spontaneous Women’s Movement in Kabul. She has participated in many demonstrations for women’s rights in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • September 26, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Herat girls’ hostel may become a religious school as Taliban expand school agenda
    Rukhshana: Fears are growing of the Taliban’s moves to expand extremist religious schools in Afghanistan, with more buildings allegedly being claimed for this purpose.Since taking power in Afghanistan over two years ago, the Taliban have been slowly building more religious schools across the country.Two buildings of the Herat teacher training center were turned into jihadist schools in April. Before the Taliban takeover in August 2021, more than four thousand men and women had been studying teaching in the center.      Full news...

  • September 19, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mental health among women deteriorating across Afghanistan, UN report finds
    AP: The mental health of Afghan women, who have suffered under harsh measures imposed by the Taliban since taking power two years ago, has deteriorated across the country, according to a joint report from three U.N. agencies released Tuesday. Nearly 70 percent reported that feelings of anxiety, isolation and depression had grown significantly worse between April and June, an increase from 57 percent in the preceding quarter, according to the report from U.N Women, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • September 16, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bamyan morality police threaten shopkeepers against selling “immodest” women’s clothes
    Rukhshana: The Taliban’s Vice and Virtue department in Bamyan released a statement that they had a meeting with local traders and businessmen to inform them that tight and thin clothes are “against Islamic Sharia and Afghan culture” and residents should not use such clothes.Fashion shops in Bamyan province have been told to stop importing short or tight dresses to sell at the market, according to shopkeepers in Bamyan Bazaar.      Full news...

  • September 9, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Report: ‘Disturbing Surge’ in Afghan Female Suicides, Attempted Suicides
    VOA: There has been a “disturbing surge” in the number of female suicides and attempted female suicides in Afghanistan since the Taliban took control in 2021, according to a report by British newspaper The Guardian. The Taliban government has not published any statistics on the phenomenon and has forbidden health care workers from sharing the numbers, the newspaper said. However, the report said health care providers agreed to privately share the information from August 2021 to August 2022 “to highlight an urgent public health crisis” that has made Afghanistan one of the few locations in the world where more women than men kill themselves.      Full news...

  • September 8, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    HRW: Taliban are committing the Crime Against Humanity of Gender Persecution
    HRW: Taliban authorities in Afghanistan are committing the crime against humanity of gender persecution against women and girls, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Since taking over the country in August 2021, the Taliban have imposed laws and policies intended to deny women and girls throughout the country their fundamental rights because of their gender.      Full news...

  • August 27, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban ban Afghan women from visiting popular national park
    BBC: The Taliban government have banned women from visiting the Band-e-Amir national park in Bamiyan province. Afghanistan’s acting minister of virtue and vice, Mohammad Khaled Hanafi, said women had not been observing hijab inside the park. He called on religious clerics and security agencies to forbid women from entering until a solution was found.      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
More photos

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)

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

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