Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

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Kabul Now: “My mother beats me every time I make a mistake,” says Nargis

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 […]

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USIP: Youth Protest Movements in Afghanistan

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 […]

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The Helmand Food Zone: The Illusion of Success

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 […]

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Krieg gegen die Krankheit [The war against polio]

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 […]

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