Suicide Bomber Kills Afghan Girl and American Woman in Afghanistan
A suicide bomber killed an Afghan girl and an American woman and wounded five others in Kabul, Afghanistan yesterday. According to the Associated Press, the blast occurred in a busy shopping area popular with foreigners.
The 23-year-old American woman who was killed, Jamie Michalsky, worked as a translator in Uzbekistan. She was in Afghanistan seeking medical treatment for an injured hand. The Afghan girl who was killed was selling magazines on the street. Three NATO soldiers and two children were also wounded, reports the New York Times.
Meanwhile, 81 percent of the ballots have been counted showing President Hamid Karzai in the lead with almost 55 percent of the votes, reports the LA Times. While the Taliban did not launch any serious attacks during the elections, after security operations eased following the elections the Taliban claimed responsibility for several attacks, including an attack in southeastern Afghanistan that killed three American soldiers and their interpreter last Wednesday.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .