The Guardian, 19 February 2020 An excellent reportage from Pakistan’s coal mines where Afghan miners make up around 50% of the workforce, toiling in “one of the world’s harshest work environments”: The story of the coal miners of Balochistan is one of debt bondage and human rights abuses [including sexual abuse of children], an absence […]
al-Jazeera, 7 February 2020 While the last Jew living in Kabul and his synagogue are well known, it is lesser known that Herat – and other cities of northern Afghanistan – had had Jewish communities for centuries. It is believed that the population of Jews in western Afghanistan was close to 40,000 as of 1836 […]
National Geographic, 3 February 2020 An important thematic reminder in the midst of the current hot discussion about ‘elections and peace’, on one of the gravest problems Afghanistan is facing: “Afghanistan is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change, and one of the least equipped to handle what’s to come. […]
New York Times, 28 January 2020 This article doesn’t mention Afghans or Afghanistan, but it describes another facet of the ongoing refugee crisis at the gates of Europe: “The number of asylum seekers in Cyprus was five times higher in 2019 than it was four years ago, unlike in the rest of the [EU], where […]
Kabul Now, 28 January 2020 A hard-wrenching story of violence against children and family traumatisation. – Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission says violence against children is on the rise, and the International Bureau of Children’s Rights points out that the scale of violence against children is far beyond domestic violence: deprivation from education, beatings, rape, child labor […]
Daily Telegraph, 4 February 2020 Another story about intra-family violence against children, this time as the result of poverty and drug addiction, from Kabul and the border province of Nimruz. The province’s capital Zaranj has more than 10,000 addicts.
USIP, 1 February 2020 An interesting report about three of Afghanistan’s youth protest movements, ie case studies of Jombesh-e Tabasum (Tabassum movement) in 2015, Jombesh-e Roshanayi (Enlightenment movement) in 2016–17 and Jombesh-e Rashtakhez-e Taghir (Uprising for Change) in 2017. The authors – Srinjoy Bose (University of New South Wales), Nematullah Bizhan (Australian National University) and Niamatullah […]
Kabul Now, 1 February 2020 A hair-raising reportage, and a good extra read to our recent report from the pro-development protests in Ghor province.
Gandhara (RFE/RL blog), 30 January 2020 Useful technical detail about the US plane that crashed in Ghazni province.
Just Security, 21 January 2020 An interesting position from Afghan civil society on the ‘peace process’ in Afghanistan, by Mirwais Wardak, Managing Director with Peace Training and Research Organization (PTRO).
AREU, 1 December 2019 Initially presented as a drug control project, the Helmand Food Zone came to be accredited for supporting stabilisation and governance in the Helmand province between 2008 and 2012. Driven by political demands rather than evidence, the programme became a flagship in Helmand, and lauded as a success, despite evidence to the […]
Tageszeitung, 21 January 2020 A long reportage from Afghanistan’s fight against polio (in German), pointing out a number of problems: the hard job of local volunteers, among them women, but also cheating in the reporting on their campaign; a UN official who argues for stopping all funding for the campaign as long as there was […]