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climateadaptation:

foreignaffairsmagazine:

The Truth About Opium Brides
Bartering girls into marriage to pay off opium debts has become more prevalent in recent years in Afghanistan. Farmers, middlemen in the drug trade, drug couriers, and even some drug lords themselves sell their daughters to more powerful traffickers and smugglers — and very little is being done to combat the injustice.

More here.

climateadaptation:

foreignaffairsmagazine:

The Truth About Opium Brides

Bartering girls into marriage to pay off opium debts has become more prevalent in recent years in Afghanistan. Farmers, middlemen in the drug trade, drug couriers, and even some drug lords themselves sell their daughters to more powerful traffickers and smugglers — and very little is being done to combat the injustice.

More here.

mohandasgandhi:

thecallus:

reuters:

An Afghan man with mental health problems shields his face from the camera as he is chained to a wall of a room at the Mia Ali Baba shrine, in line with a traditional belief that spending 40 days chained in isolation at the shrine can cure the illness, in Jalalabad July 9, 2012. 
Afghanistan is struggling to fight the mental health problems that afflict some of the population after decades of violence, according to Abdul Rasool, an official from the health department of Jalalabad province. REUTERS/Parwiz 

Many people will look at this and recoil in terror at how “backwards” it is. Meanwhile, solitary confinement is a common practice in the American prison system.

That fact is important to add. It’s also important to mention that Afghanistan’s mental health institutions have effectively been destroyed since the war began and with the great number of people who are suffering from the United States’ prolonged occupation, the entire system is massively overloaded. In many cases, one never fully recovers from PTSD but instead, they’re forced to learn how to cope with it for the rest of their lives. How do you get an entire country back up on its feet after over a decade of war and violence?

mohandasgandhi:

thecallus:

reuters:

An Afghan man with mental health problems shields his face from the camera as he is chained to a wall of a room at the Mia Ali Baba shrine, in line with a traditional belief that spending 40 days chained in isolation at the shrine can cure the illness, in Jalalabad July 9, 2012. 

Afghanistan is struggling to fight the mental health problems that afflict some of the population after decades of violence, according to Abdul Rasool, an official from the health department of Jalalabad province. REUTERS/Parwiz 

Many people will look at this and recoil in terror at how “backwards” it is. Meanwhile, solitary confinement is a common practice in the American prison system.

That fact is important to add. It’s also important to mention that Afghanistan’s mental health institutions have effectively been destroyed since the war began and with the great number of people who are suffering from the United States’ prolonged occupation, the entire system is massively overloaded. In many cases, one never fully recovers from PTSD but instead, they’re forced to learn how to cope with it for the rest of their lives. How do you get an entire country back up on its feet after over a decade of war and violence?

#afghanistan   #mental illness   #hosptical   #prison   #queue  
canisfamiliaris:

Suicide Has Killed More Troops than the War in Afghanistan This Year
154 active duty troops have committed suicide in the first 155 days of the new year—a rate alarmingly close to one per day. The number dead from suicides eclipses the U.S. forces killed in Afghanistan by about 50 percent.
[Image: AP]

canisfamiliaris:

Suicide Has Killed More Troops than the War in Afghanistan This Year

154 active duty troops have committed suicide in the first 155 days of the new year—a rate alarmingly close to one per day. The number dead from suicides eclipses the U.S. forces killed in Afghanistan by about 50 percent.

[Image: AP]

#usa   #afghanistan   #iraq   #war   #soldier   #suicide   #queue  

fotojournalismus:

Improving Access To Water In Afghanistan

(via Guardian)

In Afghanistan, more than 92% of the population lives without proper sanitation, and four out of five people have no access to safe drinking water. For the last two years, water, sanitation and hygiene teams from the NGO Medair have been working to improve the situation.

From Medair

Cultural Background and Current Challenges 

“More than 35 years of conflict and war have left the people of Afghanistan in a state of protracted crisis. Despite the overthrow of the Taliban regime ten years ago, civil unrest and increasing levels of insurrection have hindered efforts to bring stability and development to the nation. Almost a third of Afghans are food insecure. In 2010, 191,000 of Afghanistan’s youngest children died before reaching their fifth birthday—that’s an average of 523 child deaths every single day. More than one-quarter of those deaths are caused by diarrhoea, an indication of the country’s poor sanitation and unsafe water. In addition, more than 400,000 people—the majority living in remote and isolate communities—are affected each year by natural disaster. For these families, many already living hand-to-mouth, a flood, landslide, or earthquake can exhaust all their coping means, leaving them desperate for outside assistance.”

What is Medair doing in the country?

Medair’s purpose for being in Afghanistan is to assist communities that have critical needs. We work with families affected by natural disaster, the chronically poor who are living in underdeveloped areas, and communities who have been displaced by conflict. In particular, Medair seeks to identify and serve communities that are isolated and neglected, with no other means of assistance. 

In order to meet these needs, Medair currently runs the following programmes: food aid; nutrition; water, sanitation, and hygiene; and emergency response, incorporating disaster prevention and/or mitigation measures. [Read More]

Photos : 

#1 : A young girl gives her goats a drink in the village of Borlak Paein in Bamyan.

#2 : A woman collects water from a stream in the village of Borlak Paein in Bamyan.

#3 : A mother of six washes potatoes at her house in the village of Borlak Paein in Bamyan. Her husband’s crop was badly affected by a prolonged drought and he has had to buy in a lot of food for the winter.

#4 : A girl leads donkeys while her father stands on the plough behind in a village in the province of Bamyan. A prolonged drought means this year’s harvest has been poor and many people are worried about having enough food to see them through the winter.

#5 : Collecting water in Bamyan province. Cholera, diarrhoea and dysentery are common in Afghanistan, and more than 20% of children under the age of five will die as a result of water-related diseases.

#6 : Zaina, a widow and mother of six, is a beneficiary of Medair’s financial support for vulnerable families.

#7 : The valleys of Bamyan, where Medair runs many of  its water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects.

#8 : Khadija’s two grandchildren have lived with her since their mother left to marry another man after the death of her husband. A widow herself, Khadija is a beneficiary of Medair’s vulnerable persons programme as she has no means of income or place of her own.

[Credit : Kate Holt/Medair]

#afghanistan   #water   #health   #resources  
mohandasgandhi:

kateoplis:

thedailywhat:

Afghan War News of the Day: A US soldier reportedly carried out a brutal slaying of at least 16 Afghan civilians early this morning in two small villages near his base in the country’s southern Kandahar Province.
“It appears he walked off post and later returned and turned himself in,” military spokesman Lt. Cmdr. James Williams said of the unidentified staff sergeant who is currently in custody.
According to eyewitnesses, the soldier walked into at least three homes in the villages of Balandi and Alkozai and fired at their occupants. Nine children and three women were among the dead, per the latest report.
The deputy commander of Afghanistan’s international troop coalition, Lt. Gen. Adrian J. Bradshaw, stressed that this was “in no way part of authorized military activity.” US officials further denied earlier reports that the shooting was perpetrated by more than one assailant.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai released a statement demanding an explanation for the attack, which he referred to as “an intentional killing of innocent civilians [that] cannot be forgiven.”
The Taliban issued a similar statement, admonishing “the so called American peace keepers” for “once again quench[ing] their thirst with the blood of innocent Afghan civilians.”
This latest setback for US efforts in the region comes just as fury over last month’s Koran burning at Bagram Air Base and January’s corpse urination footage had begun to abate.
The US Embassy in Kabul attempted to diffuse the tension by releasing a statement expressing “deepest condolences to the families of the victims,” but experts say today’s incident may be the “fatal hammer blow on the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan.”
President Obama’s drawdown plan has US soldiers transferring full security control to their Afghan counterparts by the end of 2014.
[photo: afp/getty via msnbc.]

Get OUT.

That’s it. We’re done. Get us out of there. Pull us out immediately - I don’t care about withdrawal complications. It’s over.

mohandasgandhi:

kateoplis:

thedailywhat:

Afghan War News of the Day: A US soldier reportedly carried out a brutal slaying of at least 16 Afghan civilians early this morning in two small villages near his base in the country’s southern Kandahar Province.

“It appears he walked off post and later returned and turned himself in,” military spokesman Lt. Cmdr. James Williams said of the unidentified staff sergeant who is currently in custody.

According to eyewitnesses, the soldier walked into at least three homes in the villages of Balandi and Alkozai and fired at their occupants. Nine children and three women were among the dead, per the latest report.

The deputy commander of Afghanistan’s international troop coalition, Lt. Gen. Adrian J. Bradshaw, stressed that this was “in no way part of authorized military activity.” US officials further denied earlier reports that the shooting was perpetrated by more than one assailant.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai released a statement demanding an explanation for the attack, which he referred to as “an intentional killing of innocent civilians [that] cannot be forgiven.”

The Taliban issued a similar statement, admonishing “the so called American peace keepers” for “once again quench[ing] their thirst with the blood of innocent Afghan civilians.”

This latest setback for US efforts in the region comes just as fury over last month’s Koran burning at Bagram Air Base and January’s corpse urination footage had begun to abate.

The US Embassy in Kabul attempted to diffuse the tension by releasing a statement expressing “deepest condolences to the families of the victims,” but experts say today’s incident may be the “fatal hammer blow on the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan.”

President Obama’s drawdown plan has US soldiers transferring full security control to their Afghan counterparts by the end of 2014.

[photo: afp/getty via msnbc.]

Get OUT.

That’s it. We’re done. Get us out of there. Pull us out immediately - I don’t care about withdrawal complications. It’s over.

(Source: thedailywhat)

#afghanistan   #war   #solider   #usa   #killer   #taliban   #america   #disgusting   #crime   #criminal  

mohandasgandhi:

anticapitalist:

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2000 of our veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are homeless and 900,000 of them are unemployed.

35% experience significant mental illnesses.

War is bullshit.

2,333,972 individuals have been deployed to either Iraq, Afghanistan, or both. 38 out of 100,000 Iraq/Afghan vets commit suicide. The suicide rate for the general U.S. population is 11.5 out of 100,000. If you take into account all veterans, 18 commit suicide every day. 6,000 killed themselves in 2009 alone. 98 of them were vets returning from Iraq or Afghanistan. 1,868 of these returning veterans attempted suicide in 2009, with over 10,000 in all. 1,286 of the vets returning from Afghanistan or Iraq are now amputees. 1 in 5 have sustained a traumatic brain injury. The unemployment rate of returning vets is 12.1%, compared to the current national average of 8.6%.

Click here to learn how to help and support returning veterans.

#ptsd   #afghanistan   #iraq   #suicide   #army   #mental health   #combat   #health  

mohandasgandhi:

floridabq:

mohandasgandhi:

AJE: Child labour rampant in Afghanistan

Many children in Afghanistan are among the most exploited members of society, being forced to work almost as soon as they can walk.

This brick factory where young boys work to pay off their family’s debts is just one of many examples of child labour in the country.

Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith reports from Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.

“The people here are victims of a country that struggles to function, that fails even to provide the most basic protection to its most vulnerable citizens.”

When 1 in 4 children in Afghanistan between the ages of 7 and 14 works, either in addition to, or instead of going to school, you know the “liberational” Afghan war was a success.

Afghanistan under the Taliban was a place of perpetual warfare and abuse of women. The Taliban systematically and viciously persecuted the Shiite minority. The end of the Taliban as a sovereign force in Afghanistan has been an improvement. No honest person would say otherwise.

I’m not arguing Taliban rule would be better. What I’m saying is that the United States deserves ZERO credit for “liberating” Afghanistan because we’ve done nothing to make conditions better. No credible justification of the U.S. war in Afghanistan exists.

From a previous post of mine:

  • Afghanistan is the world’s 3rd poorest country with a GDP of $27.01 billion.
  • The poverty rate in Afghanistan is 36%, unemployment, 35%, and inflation, 30.5%.
  • The population’s life expectancy is 44.4 years.
  • The death of each Taliban fighter costs between $50-100 million. That’s, at the very least, $1 billion per 20 Taliban fighters.  The best estimate of Taliban killed annually by coalition forces is roughly 2,000.  Killing the estimated 35,000 Taliban fighting the occupation would cost $1.75 trillion.
  • Nearly 6,000 civilians have died since 2006 and over 2,000 have died this year alone.
  • Over the last year the number of child casualties has risen by 55%.

In addition:

How have we improved conditions in Afghanistan?

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fotojournalismus:

Afghan girls work at a first Internet cafe for women in Kabul March 8, 2012. Afghanistan opened its first female-only internet cafe on Thursday, hoping to give women a chance to connect to the world without verbal and sexual harassment and free from the unwanted gazes of their countrymen.
[Credit : Mohammad Ismail/Reuters]

fotojournalismus:

Afghan girls work at a first Internet cafe for women in Kabul March 8, 2012. Afghanistan opened its first female-only internet cafe on Thursday, hoping to give women a chance to connect to the world without verbal and sexual harassment and free from the unwanted gazes of their countrymen.

[Credit : Mohammad Ismail/Reuters]

travelingcolors:

evysinspirations: Afghanistan - Kabul (by LaryT)

travelingcolors:

evysinspirations: Afghanistan - Kabul (by LaryT)

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#kabul   #afghanistan   #housing   #travel  
fotojournalismus:

An Afghan policeman runs away as protesters throw rocks near a U.S. military base in Kabul on Feb. 22, 2012. At least 11 people were wounded Wednesday when shots were fired as violent protests erupted for a second day after Muslim holy books were burned at NATO’s main base in Afghanistan.
The shots were fired into demonstrators when they charged at police lines and smashed car windows, witnesses told Reuters. It appeared police had fired the shots but there was no immediate confirmation from Afghan security forces.
On Tuesday thousands of demonstrators besieged the Bagram air base in protest at the alleged burning of copies of the Quran. 
[Credit : Ahmad Masood / Reuters]

fotojournalismus:

An Afghan policeman runs away as protesters throw rocks near a U.S. military base in Kabul on Feb. 22, 2012. At least 11 people were wounded Wednesday when shots were fired as violent protests erupted for a second day after Muslim holy books were burned at NATO’s main base in Afghanistan.

The shots were fired into demonstrators when they charged at police lines and smashed car windows, witnesses told Reuters. It appeared police had fired the shots but there was no immediate confirmation from Afghan security forces.

On Tuesday thousands of demonstrators besieged the Bagram air base in protest at the alleged burning of copies of the Quran. 

[Credit : Ahmad Masood / Reuters]

#afghanistan   #kabul   #military   #usa   #warfare   #terrorism   #religion  
nationalgeographicmagazine:

Too Young to Wed Herat, Afghanistan Photographed by Stephanie Sinclair JUNE ISSUEA veil of gauze protects a patient named Zahara from flies in a burn ward in Herat, Afghanistan. Afghan women who set themselves on fire may do so to escape abuse at home, believing they will die instantly. Yet many linger on with terrible injuries.

nationalgeographicmagazine:

Too Young to Wed
Herat, Afghanistan
Photographed by Stephanie Sinclair
JUNE ISSUE
A veil of gauze protects a patient named Zahara from flies in a burn ward in Herat, Afghanistan. Afghan women who set themselves on fire may do so to escape abuse at home, believing they will die instantly. Yet many linger on with terrible injuries.

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday pardoned an Afghan woman serving a 12-year prison sentence for having sex out of wedlock after she was raped by a relative.

Karzai’s office said in a statement that the woman and her attacker have agreed to marry. That would reverse an earlier decision by the 19-year-old woman, who had previously refused a judge’s offer of freedom if she agreed to marry the rapist.

Her plight was highlighted in a documentary that the European Union blocked because it feared the women featured in the film would be in danger if it were shown.

More than 5,000 people recently signed a petition urging Karzai to release the woman. She had the man’s child while in prison and raised her daughter behind bars, which is common among women imprisoned in Afghanistan.

A statement released by Karzai’s office says that after hearing from judicial officials, the decision was made to forgive the rest of the sentence she received for having sex out of wedlock, a crime in Afghanistan. The presidential statement did not say when the woman was to be released or how much prison time had been pardoned.

The woman told The Associated Press in an interview last month that she had hoped that attention generated by the EU film might help her get released. With the film blocked, she said that she was losing hope and considering marrying her rapist as a way out. She said her attacker was pressuring her to stop giving interviews.

About half of the 300 to 400 women jailed in Afghanistan are imprisoned for so-called “moral crimes” such as sex outside marriage, or running away from their husbands, according to reports by the United Nations and research organizations. Fleeing husbands isn’t considered a crime in Afghanistan.

Read more…

watanafghanistan:

A mother holds an opium-filled joint to her daughter’s lips in their home in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 2009. The side effects of poverty, war and hardships most of Afghan women go through. Usually mothers tend to keep their children quiet as they work by giving them opium.

watanafghanistan:

A mother holds an opium-filled joint to her daughter’s lips in their home in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 2009. The side effects of poverty, war and hardships most of Afghan women go through. Usually mothers tend to keep their children quiet as they work by giving them opium.

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#afghanistan   #opium   #family   #war  

lotus-eyes:

promotingpeace

UNICEF, the UN children’s agency, says that Afghanistan is the worst place in the world to be a child. One in five children do not live past the age of five.  Most of those deaths are caused by curable childhood diseases and malnutrition, compounded by the security situation, which means that parents are unable to access proper health care. It is estimated that at least 30% of children from five to fourteen work to help their families survive.  Many weave rugs and work at factories making bricks. “It is very difficult to put a hard and fast figure to the number of children dying from hypothermia alone on Kabul’s streets as there would undoubtedly be other reasons that would make them sick or vulnerable in the first place,” UNICEF regional communications chief Sarah Crowe wrote. No one growing up in Afghanistan has ever known what it is like to live in a country at peace. During the ten years the Soviets were in Afghanistan, they killed one million Afghans.  Five million became refugees.

“Afghanistan today is without doubt the most dangerous place on earth to be born.” - Daniel Toole, UNICEF, Regional Director for South Asia    

“There are a lot of children in Afghanistan, but little childhood.” 
- Khaled Hosseini,  The Kite Runner

(via cornersoftheworld)