Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: May 2024

Constitutions, political strategy vital for earning legitimacy: Zaeef

Pajhwok Afghan News, 10 May 2024 A rare political statement – in an interview with the Afghan news agency by one of the key actors of the first Taleban rule, Abdul Salam Zaeef, advocating for a constitution, an political aim the current Taleban leadership seems to have abandoned. “On girls’ education, Zaeef said he gave […]

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Flood Emergency ‘Remains Critical’ In Afghanistan: WHO

AFP, 16 May 2024 This item by the French new agency quotes from latest AAN research, by guest author Mohammad Assem Mayar: Afghanistan, which is “exceptionally vulnerable to flooding” has seen above-average rainfall this spring, Mohammad Assem Mayar, a water resource management expert, said in an Afghanistan Analysts Network report.

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Anti-Taliban-Proteste in Afghanistan: Konflikt um Mohn und Land

Tageszeitung, 15 May 2024 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig writes about the latest protests in Badakhshan and Nangrahar, around poppy fields and a land conflict that were quelled by the Taleban (in German).

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Before the Deluge: How to mitigate the risk of flooding in Afghanistan

Mhd Assem Mayar

In Afghanistan’s rugged landscape, floods arise from a multiplicity of causes: torrential rainfall, rain on snow, the rapid melting of snow due to warmer weather, glacial lake outbursts, the overflow of natural ponds or even the breach of dams. Regardless of their origins, floods can destroy whole villages, ruin farmland and change the very landscape. Almost […]

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Überschwemmungen in Afghanistan: Schlammfluten verwüsten das Land

Tageszeitung, 12 May 2024 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig writes about the latest heavy flooding in Afghanistan that wreaked havoc in a third of the country’s provinces (in German).

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A man walks along the edge of farmland submerged by the flash floods in the Khandaqa area of Zurmat district near the border of Ghanzi and Paktia provinces, Afghanistan. Photo: Sayed Asadullah Sadat, April 2024

After the Deluge: Personal accounts of rain and floods in Zurmat district

Sayed Asadullah Sadat

The rain and snow that has fallen in recent weeks has eased the hearts of Afghan farmers and given them hope that the multi-year drought has finally ended. At the same time, heavy rain falling on dry, parched land has caused flooding in many areas of Afghanistan. Hundreds of people have been killed in recent […]

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Mother with newborn baby at the Tangi Saidan clinic run by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, in Daymirdad district of Wardak province. Photo: Elise Blanchard/AFP, 6 October 2021

The Daily Hustle: The ancient art of making surma

Sayed Asadullah Sadat Roxanna Shapour

In Afghanistan, surma (kohl) has been used since ancient times by both men and women to enhance the eyes, for its healing properties and to protect the wearer against the evil eye. Traditionally made by grinding stibnite rock into a fine power, the use of the black concoction to line the eyes also has a […]

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