How Taliban inexperience exacerbates Afghan earthquake disaster

A child drink at a temporary camp set up by the authorities at earthquake-hit Zenda Jan district of Herat, Afghanistan, 12 October 2023. EFE/EPA/SAMIULLAH POPAL

Kabul, Oct 13 (EFE).- The Taliban’s lack of experience has left Afghanistan facing one of its worst disasters in decades without a response plan. Almost a week after the earthquakes that struck western Afghanistan, the government still does not have a unified count of the death toll. Afghanistan was already suffering from one of the … Read more

69% of Afghan women suffer from anxiety, isolation and depression, warns UN

Kabul (Afghanistan), 18/09/2023.- Zahra, a 16-year-old 10th grade student, holds her school uniform at her home as she marks the second anniversary of ban on girls going to higher secondary schools, in Kabul, Afghanistan, 18 September 2023. (Afganistán) EFE/EPA/SAMIULLAH POPAL

Kabul, Sep 19 (EFE).- 69 percent of women in Afghanistan suffer from anxiety, isolation, and depression. This trend has been on the rise since the Taliban seized power two years ago, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a report Tuesday. The situation has worsened significantly in recent months, UNAMA said in … Read more

Taliban arrest girls’ education activist in Kabul, UN says

Schoolgirls attending up to primary grade classes sit in a classroom at the start of the new academic year in Kabul, Afghanistan, 25 March 2023. EFE/EPA/SAMIULLAH POPAL 11145

Kabul, Mar 28 (EFE).- The founder of a girls’ education project in Afghanistan has been arrested by the Taliban government in Kabul, the United Nations reported on Tuesday. “Matiullah Wesa, head of PenPath and advocate for girls’ education, was arrested in Kabul Monday,” the United Nations mission in Afghanistan tweeted. “UNAMA calls on the de … Read more

One killed, 8 injured in attack at journalists’ awards show in Afghanistan

Mazar-e-sharif (Afghanistan), 11/03/2023.- An injured person leaves the scene of a blast at a cultural center in Mazar-e-Sharif, provincial capital of Balkh province, Afghanistan, 11 March 2023. EFE/EPA/STRINGER

Kabul, Mar 11 (EFE).- At least one person was killed and eight others were wounded Saturday in an attack at a cultural center in northern Afghanistan where a journalists’ awards ceremony was being held. Several members of the Taliban regional government and other local leaders also attended the ceremony in Mazar-e-sharif. The attack shortly before … Read more

Banished from society, new generations of Afghani women struggle to survive

The 24-year-old woman Apsa, who was denied permission to attend university due to a ban and the sole provider for her 13-member family, learns vocational training skills at a tailoring workshop in Kabul, Afghanistan, 06 March 2023 (issued 08 March 2023). EFE-EPA/SAMIULLAH POPAL

Kabul, Mar 8 (EFE).- A former director of the provincial education department working at a carpet factory in Kabul is a symbol of several generations of women who have been banished from society with the arrival of the Taliban in power. “When there is no access to education and work for women, degrees and qualifications … Read more

Number of injured crosses 40 in Afghanistan foreign ministry bombing

Kabul, Jan 12 (EFE).- Italian nonprofit Emergency, which runs one of the major hospitals in Kabul, on Thursday raised the number of wounded to over 40 a day after a suicide bombing against the Afghan foreign ministry, while the official death toll from the attack remains at five.  After the explosion near the foreign ministry, … Read more

Pakistani Taliban announces end of ceasefire in the country

Islamabad, Nov 28 (EFE).- The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Monday announced a resumption of attacks in the country, thus putting an end to the ceasefire reached with the government earlier this year. The announcement is also an indication of a failure in the negotiations between the Taliban and the government. “The Ministry of Defense … Read more

UN calls on Taliban to end violence against women

Female television presenters appeared with their faces covered at a television set

Kabul, Nov 25 (EFE).- The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Friday called on the Taliban government to immediately end violence against women and the general deterioration of women’s rights, which have been especially diminished since the fundamentalists took power last year. On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, … Read more