Afghanistan

Video catches abuse of Afghans in Iran


Iranian Internet users are circulating a video that shows what appears to be an Iranian police officer insulting and abusing a group of Afghans. Our Observer says this shocking footage underscores the fact that Afghans regularly suffer discrimination in Iran. Read more…
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From oasis to wasteland: how Iran's Hamoun Wetlands dried up


The Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan, once known as 'Iran’s granary', and home to the Hamoun Wetlands, is now a dustbowl. In the place of what was once a thriving oasis, powerful sandstorms have buried villages and ruined livelihoods. Read more…
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Afghans deride alleged 'sheep-stuffing' election fraud


While angry protesters continue to decry alleged wide-scale fraud during Afghanistan’s presidential elections, they’re also finding a sliver of humour in the situation. A leaked phone recording, purportedly of the country’s electoral commission head, has given rise to numerous gags about “stuffing sheep”, less-than-subtle code words used to allude to ballot-stuffing. Read more...
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Afghan migrants offered $500 by Iran to fight for Syrian regime

 
Iran has been accused of recruiting and sending Afghanistan’s Shia Muslims to fight alongside the Assad regime in war-torn Syria. Afghan migrants say they are being trained and deployed by the country’s notorious Revolutionary Guards. Two Afghans tell us more…

Afghans criticise govt’s ‘insulting’ landslide response

 
Many Afghans are questioning why the authorities gave up so quickly in the search for victims of Friday’s deadly landslides in the country’s northeast, leaving locals and volunteers to keep digging on their own. Less than a day after tragedy hit, officials had already put a halt to search and rescue efforts. Read more…
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Afghanistan ‘vote fraud’ videos raise alarm

Over the past few days, several amateur videos appearing to show election fraud in last Saturday’s election in Afghanistan have circulated on social networks. Some of them show people stamping piles of ballots. While it is not possible to prove the ballots shown in these videos ended up being counted in the election, our Observers in Afghanistan find some of the footage quite convincing. Read more... 

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Americans accused of standing by while Afghan troops beat prisoner

 
A new video that appears to show Afghan soldiers beating a detainee under the gaze of American military personnel is starting to grab more attention. The footage has led two of our Observers to worry that crimes committed on the ground may go unpunished. Read more...

Denied visas, Afghans who translated for French army fear for their lives

 
Over the past few months, several dozen Afghans who served as interpreters for the French army have arrived in France. Many more, however, have not been granted visas, and remain in their homeland, where they are now treated as pariahs and targeted by insurgents. One of these men tells us about his troubling situation. Read more…
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In photos: “To Boston from Kabul, with love”

 
Following the Boston attacks, photos showing Afghans holding a sign reading “To Boston from Kabul, with love” started spreading on social networks. This touching show of support was launched by a photographer from Boston working in Afghanistan. Read more and see photos…

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Videos of Afghan war tread fine line between voyeurism and therapy

 
Video footage of American troops fighting against the Taliban in Afghanistan has garnered widespread attention online, highlighting a growing interest in raw, first-hand accounts from the 11 year-old conflict. While there are some who watch out of curiosity, others are veterans for whom the videos may serve as a means to cope with the trauma of war. Read more…
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