The temperature in the treeless refugee camp in Jalozai, Pakistan, peaks around 108 most days; shade and water are scarce, resulting in dozens of people, mostly children, dying every day due to starvation and dehydration. Hundreds of thousands of Afghans have been forced out of their homes because of the brutal fighting brought on by the terrorist Taliban regime, which rules the majority of Afghanistan. The country is also suffering through the worst drought in 30 years, killing off herds of animals, and ensuring continued starvation because of low crop yield predicted for the harvest.
In addition to the drought, heat, starvation and fighting, the Taliban has committed egregious human rights violations against the women of Afghanistan, banning women and girls from going to school, to work, or leaving their homes without a male relative. Violating Taliban decrees brings brutal punishment: beating, stoning, and death.
5/20/2013 Afghan Violence Against Women Law Blocked in Parliament - On Saturday, the Speaker of the Lower House of Afghan Parliament delayed a vote on the Elimination of Violence against Women law after two hours of vociferous debate between conservative religious and more liberal members of Parliament. . . .
5/20/2013 Walmart, American Retailers Refuse to Join Bangladesh Accord - Walmart, along with 13 other major North American companies, refused to sign a legally binding agreement to improve working conditions for overseas factory workers that manufacture their clothes after a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh killing an estimated 1300 workers, the New York Times reports.
The agreement requires retailers pay $500,000 to improve worker safety measures over a five year period. . . .