Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

July-21-98

U.N. Aid Workers Killed; Many Aid Groups Leave Afghanistan

Two local U.N. aid workers in Jalalabad were killed in a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan after being kidnapped on July 13. The U.N. began investigating the deaths after the men's bodies were found this weekend.

Mohammed Nazir Habibi, age forty-nine, worked for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Mohammed Hasidim Bahsaryar, age fifty-five, worked for World Food Programme.

News of their deaths came around the same time as the Taliban forced workers from numerous international aid groups to move to a single delapidated building at the edge of Kabul. The Taliban also demanded that the workers pay one million dollars to set up the power and water connections needed to work there.

Workers feared that living in at the isolated outpost would set them up as targets for attacks and kidnappings. Thirty-eight aid organizations have been forced to leave Kabul because of this danger, including Save the Children, which provided health care for 80,000 children a year. Care International removed all of its international workers, but left a program that feeds 11,000 widows in place by staffing it with locals. The European Commission suspended its aid entirely in Kabul, as did the European Union (EU).

Most groups pulled out after the Taliban raided their offices and arrested Afghan staff members last Monday. The (EU) also cited the Taliban's "systematic" disregard of an agreement to use aid money for both women and men.

Media Resources: AFP and AP - July 20 & 21, 1998


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

3/27/2015 Security and Women's Rights are Essential to Afghan Recovery - President Ashraf Ghani and a delegation of some 70 plus Afghan leaders came to the US this week to urge Congress and President Obama to extend the deadline for removing support troops from Afghanistan. . . .
 
3/27/2015 Senate 'Vote-A-Rama' Passes Amendments for Equal Pay, Pregnant Workers, Paid Leave, Benefits for Same-Sex Couples - A bipartisan majority of Senators this week voted in favor of budget amendments that show growing momentum for paid sick leave for employees, social security and veterans benefits for same-sex couples, equal pay, and fair treatment for pregnant workers. The votes, though significant, are symbolic. . . .
 
3/25/2015 Afghan Woman Beaten to Death for Burning Koran - A 27-year-old woman ‎who reportedly burned a copy of the Koran inside of a riverside shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan was brutally beaten and burned alive on Thursday. Shocking videos quickly spread on social media showing crowds of men surrounded by hundreds of onlookers assaulting the 27-year-old Farkhunda with bricks and sticks and repeatedly kicking her. . . .