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orphan children in kabul - Google Search

orphan children in kabul - Google Search | A_Thousand_Splendid_Suns_Afghanistan | Scoop.it
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This is a picture of displaced children in Kabul. All of the fighting broke up families and many children were left on their own. I can't imagine being young, like the children in this picture, with no family or anyone to watch over me.

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Foreigners escape Taliban siege in Kabul; Afghan child killed

Foreigners escape Taliban siege in Kabul; Afghan child killed | A_Thousand_Splendid_Suns_Afghanistan | Scoop.it
KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban gunmen stormed a Kabul guesthouse used by a U.S.-based aid group and held four foreigners hostage for several hours on Friday, just eight days before Afghanistan holds a presidential
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The Taliban is lethal to not only the citizens of Afghanistan but to those visiting too. This article discusses how a Taliban gunman took hostages from a U.S. aid group before the presidential election. This action was meant to instill fear in the people surrounding. The Taliban uses fear to get what they want. I think it is tragic that Taliban members make these reckless actions and people die because of them. 

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Love Crimes of Kabul - Documentary - Afghanistan - YouTube

LOVE CRIMES OF KABUL is an intimate portrait of three young Afghani women accused of committing "moral crimes" such as premarital sex and running away from h...
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Love Crimes of Kabul is a documentary about the women in Afghan prison who were being punished for moral crimes. In this movie a woman was sentenced 4 years in prison for running away with a man she loved.  There are many women in the prison who are sent there for having sex before marriage. These women are sent to criminal court, because it is expected that these women are punished. Even if the woman is in a relationship, they must be married to have sex. There was a woman in the prison who was pregnant, and there are children in the prison with their mothers. These prisons are full because more and more women are being accused of moral crimes. These women have too much "freedom" and are being punished. A woman who had murdered her husband was serving 18 years in prison. She said she murdered her husband because he was committing worse moral crimes than the ones many women are imprisoned for, such as having relationships with women and boys, even with a wife and children. This shows the favoritism for men over women in the Afghan culture.

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... while the Afghans await the promised aid; Inside Afghanistan II.(Opinion)

... while the Afghans await the promised aid; Inside Afghanistan II.(Opinion) | A_Thousand_Splendid_Suns_Afghanistan | Scoop.it
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This article is written by the author of my book (great find right?) and begins with a rugged image of Kabul created by Taliban soldiers. There are disheartening descriptions of the city that is described as "dead". This was all pre 9/11 but after returning Hosseini questions if "Afghanistan is dying again?" When interviewing people of Kabul about post Taliban life Hosseini found that conditions hadn't improved greatly; The modesty traditions are no longer as strict but the government is still not providing enough resources  to support its citizens. Afghanistan has received millions of dollars in relief money, yet there are still toothless women begging on the street, men that cant support their families, buildings reduced to rubble and government officials with new fancy cars. People are dying from lack of basic medical equipment. The odds are not in favor for Afghanistan because the Taliban is regrouping. All the people of Afghanistan can do at this point is pray.

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The fear beneath the burka.(the majority of Afghan women are afraid to shed the burka out of fear that the Taliban may return to power)(Column)

The fear beneath the burka.(the majority of Afghan women are afraid to shed the burka out of fear that the Taliban may return to power)(Column) | A_Thousand_Splendid_Suns_Afghanistan | Scoop.it
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This article discusses the challenges Afghanistan faces, in particular Afghan women, in overcoming Taliban influences. Women are still wearing burka's even though it is no longer required; It takes a brave woman to reject this Taliban tradition and wear a veil instead. The burka is a symbol of the the countries' turmoil and taking it off be frightening for a woman, endangering her safety and country's peace. Forces have been called in to try to control the country's turmoil and keep the capital, Kabul, safe but there is still violence spread throughout many areas. The British government will be withdrawing its troops so the peace in Kabul may not last long. The women of Afghanistan worry about their own future, and freedom knowing that it directly correlates with the stability of their county. If nations don't come together to help Afghanistan the nation will collapse and fighting and terrorism will rise, effecting the safety and freedom of the country's women.

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kabul in rubble - Google Search

kabul in rubble - Google Search | A_Thousand_Splendid_Suns_Afghanistan | Scoop.it
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This is a picture of Kabul in rubble after war. This picture makes me sad because I think about all of the people who probably died here and the homes, businesses, and families that were ruined. It will take a lot of work to restore Kabul to its former glory.

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Afghan Woman Mutilated By Taliban Urges Abused Women 'Never Give Up' (PICTURES)

Afghan Woman Mutilated By Taliban Urges Abused Women 'Never Give Up' (PICTURES) | A_Thousand_Splendid_Suns_Afghanistan | Scoop.it
An Afghan woman whose nose and ears were hacked off after she fled a forced marriage is urging abused women to “never give up and don’t lose hope”.
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This article discusses how the Taliban mutilates women. Women's noses and ears were hacked off all because of moral crimes. In the US  this would be an atrocity, but in Afghanistan this seems to be normal.

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Afghanistan Map / Geography of Afghanistan / Map of Afghanistan - Worldatlas.com

Afghanistan Map / Geography of Afghanistan / Map of Afghanistan - Worldatlas.com | A_Thousand_Splendid_Suns_Afghanistan | Scoop.it
Printable map of Afghanistan and info and links to Afghanistan facts, famous natives, landforms, latitude, longitude, maps, symbols, timeline and weather - by worldatlas.com
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Afghanistan is a region located in the middle east. The capital city of this Afghanistan is Kabul, located in the eastern part of the country.  The majority of this country has high altitudes and is mountainous.  

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A Thousand Splendid Suns

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A moving story about two women set in Afghanistan. The book's story illustrates both the second class, serf-like treatment of two women a...
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  The story begins with Mariam, a bastard girl, wishing that her father would take her in. One day she goes to his house and he denies her. Already upset about her father's actions she comes home to find her mother dead due to "jinn". A suitor, Rasheed, offers Mariam marriage and Mariam accepts because she has no other options and her father is pressuring her. There marriage starts out decent, but goes down hill after Mariam has miscarriage after miscarriage and Rasheed becomes increasingly violent and abusive. The focus then shifts to Laila, a girl in Mariam's neighborhood. She is best friends with Tariq and gets anxious when he is away. The presence of the communists becomes more prevalent in Kabul and Tariq flees to Pakistan with his family, hoping that Laila would one day join him. Laila's family was killed by a rocket that hit her house then Mariam and Rasheed take her in. Eventually Rasheed takes Laila as a second wife, and there is a lot of tension between the two women. Laila, pregnant from Tariq, is quick to marry Rasheed and later has a daughter. The Taliban takes a presence in Kabul and rules become very strict for women. After a certain argument between Rasheed Laila and Mariam, the women become allies and friends. They try to escape from Rasheed but are unsuccessful. Rasheed then angrily locked them in their rooms for 3 days with no food and water. Finally, during another vicious argument, Mariam and Laila kill Rasheed. Tariq then comes back into town, and Laila is overcome with joy, because she thought he was dead. Laila her daughter and Tariq move to Pakistan for refuge and have more children. They later move back to Kabul, because Laila wants to be apart of the good there.

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American Support for Afganistan

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American Support for Afghanistan is a non profit organization that is dedicated to the difficult task of restoring and developing Afghanistan. This organization is focused on providing education, materials and health care to the Afghan people, "ASA aims to empower and encourage Afghan citizens to participate in the rebuilding of their own communities by providing resources to the immediate concerns of healthcare services, educational services, housing, orphanages, and refugees," (American Support). This organization focuses on the most important issues first, hoping to help the Afghan people get on their feet and improve their economic condition. The country, still recovering from many years of oppression, is still lacking basic necessities and this organization is designed to help them along on their road to recovery. "Infant mortality rate is 252/1,000 live births. Life expectancy is 44 years. 12% of children are orphans. Literacy rate is 28%. There are 3.2 million refugees living outside of Afghanistan: the largest refugee population in the world. Almost half the population of Kabul lives in squatter settlements," (American Support). ASA's missions focus on providing materials to help with the problems at hand. Along with fundraisers, ASA sells a lot of beautiful handmade items created by Afghan people with 100% of proceeds going to the relief fund. 

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