Dangerous Winter Looms Ahead for Afghans Displaced by Taliban
Hundreds of thousands of Afghans that have been forced to flee their homes by the Taliban militia’s reign of terror face a long cold winter that UN officials predict could be “as much a killer as the actual fighting.”
In the Panjshir Valley, one of the few places in Afghanistan that the Taliban militia does not yet control, an estimated 65,000 displaced Afghans currently seek refuge. But they are not safe there. This summer, Taliban forces sent 6,000 soldiers to capture the towns and villages not under Taliban control. Opposition forces managed to turn back the Taliban, but not before much of the land was destroyed, and many Afghans were killed.
Now after being driven from their homes, watching their relatives be slaughtered and their houses burned, Afghan refugees are preparing for a deadly winter. Twenty-one years of war have left most roads difficult to travel; winter snows threaten to make them impassable. The UN is currently soliciting $3.3 million in donations to help get aid to displaced persons and Afghans in areas devastated by Taliban soldiers.
Media Resources: New York Times and NNI - October 18, 1999
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .