@AzadiRadio: In Afghanistan ambiguously defined “moral crimes” or “bad character” can mean jail sentences for women. Radio Azadi’s Sayedjan Sabawoon visited Kabul’s only detention facility for women and spoke to the inmates about the charges that brought them there.
Disfigured dolls. Toilet-paper rolls. Old toy guns.
Most people would look at such items and see trash. Not Masoud Hasan Zada. He sees art.
The 31-year-old’s unusual artworks are applauded by some and scorned by others in one of the world’s most conservative and deeply religious countries…[read more]
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has backed a statement from the country’s top religious body calling for stronger restrictions on women’s freedoms.
Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission claims the council’s statement — which, among other things, OK’s men’s right to commit violence against women in cases where there is a “Shari’a-compliant reason” — is an injustice that tramples on the dignity of all Afghan women…[READ MORE]
Feature story on Afghanistan’s displaced, @amnesty report says 400 new people displaced every day, new residents have been forced to seek refuge in caves, unable to return to areas they originally fled due to insecurity and the destruction of their former homes and villages…[READ MORE]
Gulsom, a 34-year-old mother of seven, has been living in the Bamiyan caves for over five years.
@AzadiRadio interviews #NATO #ISAF spokesman Jacobson on protests against Koran burning: “It is a clear mistake. It is just not understanding what it meant to take religious material for destruction and in particular, to have Korans involved in it. It is a very clear mistake.”
Photo by Radio Azadi’s Sayaed Jan Sabawoon.
Photos by Radio Azadi’s Daud Wafa and Sayaed Jan Sabawoon.
Radio Azadi’s correspondent in Jalalabad says the shots were fired by members of the Afghan National Police who were trying to contain the surging crowd.