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Afghanistan - Society

Afghanistan - Society | Afghan Research | Scoop.it
Ethnic groups are perceived to be ranked in terms of status, although members of the groups in question may not always agree with members of other groups about their own status ranking. Virtually everywhere, Pashtuns are the most prestigious ethnic group, both in their own eyes and usually also in the eyes of others. The subsequent rankings vary by region, but Hazaras are almost always ranked as one of the lowest ethnic groups. They are often placed directly above the despised gypsies. Tapper reports that other groups in north central Afghanistan regard the gypsies (fats and Juggis) "as blots on the ethnic landscape."

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Afghanistan Culture overview

Afghanistan Culture overview | Afghan Research | Scoop.it
SOCIAL STRATIFICATION
Classes and Castes
Some groups are egalitarian, but others have a hierarchical social organization. There are great differences in wealth and social status. Society also is stratified along religious and ethnic lines. During most of the twentieth century, members of the king's family played a major role in politics as ministers and ambassadors. Most civil servants and technocrats were Persian-speaking urban residents. Ismaelis and Shiites (especially the Hazaras) had the lowest status. In the provinces, most administrative posts were held by Pashtuns who had no connection to the population. Local communities were dominated by the richest landlords, assisted by village headmen. The Sayyeds, supposed to be the descendants of the Prophet Muhammad through his daughter Fatima, played an important role as mediators, relying on prestige rather than personal wealth. Family elders were consulted on local matters, and many disputes were settled by local assemblies. Although Communist land reform was rejected by the population, important changes have occurred. Traditional leaders have lost their preeminence to military commanders and young religious militants. Some smugglers have become immensely rich.

Symbols of Social Stratification
Social stratification is expressed primarily through marriage patterns. The general tendency is for lower social groups to give their daughters in marriage to higher social groups. The lavishness of a wedding is an indicator of status and wealth. Following Taliban decree, men must wear a hat or turban and be bearded. Western dress and fashion, which once distinguished urban from rural people, have almost disappeared.
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Afghan Women's Mission

Afghan Women's Mission | Afghan Research | Scoop.it
The Afghan Women's mission works closely to support health, education and other progreams for Afghan women.
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Suicide bomber kills 23 in Afghanistan's southeast

Suicide bomber kills 23 in Afghanistan's southeast | Afghan Research | Scoop.it
Three suicide bombers killed 23 people and wounded dozens more in an attack on a construction firm in Afghanistan’s restive southeast, government officials said on Monday, with the Taliban claiming responsibility for the assault.
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Comparing Canada to Afghanistan.

Comparing Canada to Afghanistan. | Afghan Research | Scoop.it
If Afghanistan were your home instead of Canada you would...have

30.4 times higher chance of dying in infancy

Have 4.1 times more chance of being unemployed

Have 3.7 times more babies

Die 36.64 years sooner

Use 99.95% less electricity

Consume 99.74% less oil

Make 97.92% less money

Spend 97.52% less money on health care

Be 97.5% less likely to have HIV/AIDS
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What about the Hazara of Central Afghanistan?

What about the Hazara of Central Afghanistan? | Afghan Research | Scoop.it
The Hazaras are a race of obvious Mongolian origin who live in Bamyan in Central Afghanistan. They are among the worst victims of the Taliban, primarily because they are not Sunni Muslims. They are Shia Muslims, instead. Not only have many Hazaras been killed, but their two gigantic statutes of Buddha were destroyed by the Taliban. To give Americans an idea of what that means, the Buddhas in Bamyan were bigger than the faces of five presidents carved into Mount Rushmore, which are considered to be a natural treasure by Americans. The Buddhas at Bamyan were the carved into a mountainside. They were the largest Buddhas in the world and were an estimated 1800 years old.
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Physicians for Human Rights

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Physicians for Human Rights mobilizes health professionals to advance health, dignity, and justice and promotes the right to health for all.
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Taliban claims to have kidnapped 50 Afghan police

Taliban claims to have kidnapped 50 Afghan police | Afghan Research | Scoop.it
The Taliban claimed Sunday that it kidnapped 50 Afghan policemen in northeastern Afghanistan – part of the insurgents' murder and intimidation campaign against anyone affiliated with the U.S.-backed government.

Also Sunday, a NATO service member was killed in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan, the coalition said. No details were released about the death, which raised to 94 the number of international troops killed in Afghanistan so far this year.
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