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 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...

  • 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 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 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 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...

  • October 8, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IS bomber kills 46 inside Afghan mosque, challenges Taliban
    AP: KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Islamic State suicide bomber struck at a mosque packed with Shiite Muslim worshippers in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 46 people and wounding dozens in the latest security challenge to the Taliban as they transition from insurgency to governance.      Full news...

  • October 5, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bamyan is Devastatingly Silent!
    RAWA News: After the Taliban came to power for the second time, our wounded homeland drowned in utter darkness but Bamyan has suffered very heavily at the hands of the barbarics- even its soil and stones have not been spared by these terrorists; extreme fear, grief and confusion has gripped the province again. When Taliban entered, it was utter chaos; some were going to the bus stops to go to Kabul or other districts and cars were very scarce and the fares had hiked to 5000 Afghanis (55 USD).      Full news...


  • October 2, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban crack down on Afghan women's protest
    NHK News: Armed Taliban fighters have forcibly dispersed a group of women who were demanding that girls in Afghanistan be allowed to return to secondary school. The protest took place on Thursday in the capital Kabul. About 10 Taliban fighters rushed to the scene and threatened the women to leave, including by firing shots into the air.      Full news...

  • September 20, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Giving birth under the Taliban
    BBC: In a matter of weeks, the birthing unit Rabia delivered her baby in had been stripped down to its bare basics. She was given no pain relief, no medicine and no food.The hospital sweltered in temperatures topping 43C (109F) - the power had been cut and there was no fuel to work the generators. "We were sweating like we were taking a shower," says Rabia's midwife Abida, who worked tirelessly in darkness to deliver the baby by mobile phone light.      Full news...

  • September 19, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul government’s female workers told to stay at home by Taliban
    The Guardian: Female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men, the interim mayor of Afghanistan’s capital said on Sunday, detailing the latest restrictions on women by the new Taliban rulers. The decision to prevent most female city workers from returning to their jobs is another sign that the Taliban, who overran Kabul last month, are enforcing their harsh interpretation of Islam despite initial promises by some that they would be tolerant and inclusive.      Full news...

  • September 19, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women stage ‘silent protest’ in support of girls’ education in Afghanistan
    Anadolu Agency: KABUL, Afghanistan _A small group of women gathered in Kabul on Sunday for a “silent protest” against the interim Taliban administration's decision permitting only boys and male teachers to resume their educational activities in Afghanistan.Although it failed to get much public attention, women managed to register their disapproval of the Taliban decision before representatives from certain international media outlets in the capital city.      Full news...

  • September 11, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan women
    The Statesman: The recent developments in Afghanistan, particularly since August 2021 have brought forth many tumultuous issues with respect to life, liberty, and rights of resident Afghans in their country. Of particular concern is the position of women and the challenges they face in the wake of the resurgence of Taliban after 20 years as the group’s earlier regime from 1996 to 2000 had almost decimated women’s rights to freedom, health, education, life, and liberty. The world is watching with concerned anticipation as to how events will unfold in near future, and, what such developments would mean for the average Afghan women and girls.      Full news...

  • September 7, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban fire in air after protesters, including women, join anti-Pakistan rally in Kabul
    Reuters: Taliban gunmen fired in the air on Tuesday to scatter protesters in the Afghan capital of Kabul, witnesses said, as video showed scores of people scurrying to escape volleys of gunfire, although there were no immediate reports of injuries. Hundreds of men and women shouting slogans such as “Long live the resistance,” and “Death to Pakistan” marched in the streets to protest against the Taliban and what they called interference in Afghanistan’s affairs by neighbouring Pakistan.      Full news...


  • September 4, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban Fighters Crush a Women’s Protest Amid Flickers of Resistance
    New York Times: The women were assaulted with rifle butts, tear gas and metal clubs, while anti-Taliban rebels in the north vowed to repel an assault by the Islamist group. Several of the women, who were demanding inclusion in the yet-to-be named Taliban government, said they were beaten by Taliban fighters — some of the first concrete evidence of harsh treatment of women by the group.      Full news...


  • August 24, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Feminists Told Us War Wouldn’t Free Them
    Yes: I am feeling a pervasive sense of déjà vu in reading the news of how the Taliban has taken over Afghanistan within weeks of the U.S. withdrawal. Nearly 20 years after the U.S. invaded one of the world’s poorest nations in a retaliatory response to the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the so-called enemy force is back in power. Afghan feminist activists have spent the past two decades warning the U.S. against resorting to violent solutions like war and collaborating with armed fundamentalists.      Full news...

  • August 24, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pre-war U.S. support for Afghan women’s rights offers a blueprint for the future
    Washington Post: On Aug. 15, the Taliban completed its conquest of Afghanistan by seizing Kabul. These events were tragically similar to those of 25 years ago, when Kabul fell to the Taliban in September 1996. Americans have recently watched chaotic scenes unfold in Afghanistan: panicked Afghans desperately clinging to evacuating U.S. planes; Taliban fighters going house-to-house hunting journalists, prominent women and Afghans who worked for the toppled government; and the Taliban beating Afghan protesters. While many Afghans face suffering under Taliban rule, women and girls have the most to fear — and lose.      Full news...



  • July 28, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kandahar residents fear Taliban advance on Afghan city
    Aljazeera: Kandahar, Afghanistan – Last week, Kawsar Sama and her family packed up their belongings and got on a flight to the capital city of Kabul. For the 21-year-old and her family, life in the southern city of Kandahar had become dangerous as the Taliban has pushed into the districts surrounding Afghanistan’s second-largest city in recent weeks.      Full news...

  • July 9, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    America- Led NATO in Afghanistan: Crimes against Humanity Call for Accountability
    CounterPunch: “We Are Going to Lose the War in Afghanistan and it will Help Bankrupt us. One of our major strategic blunders in Afghanistan was not to have recognized that both Great Britain and the Soviet Union attempted to pacify Afghanistan using the same military methods as ours and failed disastrously. We seem to have learned nothing from Afghanistan’s modern history — to the extent that we even know what it is. Between 1849 and 1947…” – Chalmers Johnson. Dismantling the Empire – America’s Last Best Hope      Full news...


  • June 4, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan News Anchor Killed in Kabul Blast
    TOLO News: Mina Khairi, a presenter at Ariana News, and her mother are among the victims of Thursday afternoon’s blast in Kabul that killed four people, the head of the Ariana News, Sharif Hassanyar, confirmed. Mina’s sister was wounded in the incident.She went home from the office on Thursday and then went outside with her mother and sister to buy food. They took a minivan and were on their way home when the blast happened.      Full news...

  • June 4, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Policewoman among 3 killed in Kandahar attacks
    Pajwok Afghan News: KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): A police woman was among three people killed in targeted attacks in southern Kandahar province on Friday, officials said.Former Dand district police chief Abdullah’s brother and a civilian were also killed in the three separate attacks in the province – birthplace of the Taliban movement.      Full news...

  • June 4, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban Capture 7th Afghan District as Foreign Forces Pull Out
    VOA News: ISLAMABAD - The Taliban seized a district in southern Afghanistan Friday without facing any resistance from Afghan government security forces, bringing to seven the number of districts the insurgents have overrun since the United States and its NATO allies began withdrawing their troops from the country a month ago.Separately, an overnight roadside bombing of a vehicle in the national capital, Kabul, killed a young female Afghan television anchor and her mother, and wounded her sister. Mina Khairi was working for the Ariana News channel for the past three years, her employer said.      Full news...

  • June 1, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Several killed as blasts rock Afghanistan capital Kabul
    Aljazeera: Three bombs rattled the Afghan capital Kabul killing at least 10 people and plunging the city into darkness, an Afghan government spokesman has said.Two bombs exploded in quick succession in separate locations of a west Kabul neighborhood late on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and wounding a dozen others, said deputy Interior Ministry spokesman Said Hamid Rushan.      Full news...

  • May 30, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Mortar attack on wedding party kills 6
    DW: A mortar shell struck a wedding ceremony in northern Afghanistan overnight, killing at least six people and wounding four others, a police spokesman said Sunday.Most of the dead were children, spokesman Shayeq Shoresh said.The attack happened in the district of Tagab, in Kapisa province, which has seen intense clashes between Afghan government forces and Taliban militants.      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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