November 25, 2001 |
It took a doctor to impose the Taliban version of God's law. He wore a blue surgical mask under a white hospital cap, which left a narrow slit for him to see through. The convict would know him only by his eyes. Ghulam Farooq, an apprentice ironsmith accused of theft, was ordered to lie on dying brown grass near the center of the Kabul Sports Stadium in July 1998 so that a capacity crowd could watch the Taliban enforce its strain of Sharia, Islamic law.
October 15, 2001 |
The sprawling refugee camps on the Pakistani-Afghan border have long been breeding grounds for male militants in Afghanistan--first for the moujahedeen fighters who battled the Soviet occupation in the 1980s and, more recently, for the fundamentalist Taliban. But here in the dusty, abused terrain of Pakistan's northwestern frontier, the Khaiwa refugee camp is a uniquely feminist outpost. Women in the Khaiwa camp shun the head-to-toe raiment known as a burka.
October 5, 2001 |
When the Virtue and Vice police caught sight of 14-year-old Farkhanda, with her naive eyes and childish face, they gave chase with their sticks and beat her. As she walked home from a family wedding in the capital, Kabul, three weeks ago, Farkhanda crossed the line dividing carefree girlhood from fearful womanhood, simply by showing her face.
February 20, 2001 |
A human rights group on Monday called for an inquiry into reports that as many as 300 Shiite Muslim civilians were recently massacred by Afghanistan's ruling Taliban in the central province of Bamian. Citing witnesses, New York-based Human Rights Watch said Taliban troops rounded up and shot about 300 men after capturing the city of Yakaolang in January. The Taliban rejected the report. The United Nations said Jan.
October 18, 2000 |
The girls at Ramona High School have troubles of their own. Troubles with gangs, with grades, with truancy, troubles with drugs, with foster homes, with babies. That's why they're here--the tiny campus in Boyle Heights was founded half a century ago as a haven for troubled girls.
April 29, 1999 |
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was honored Wednesday by a prominent human rights group for her efforts to spotlight and combat the repression of women in Afghanistan. Feinstein is a leader in the effort "to assure we in the U.S. are doing all we can to bring an end to the oppression," said Len Rubenstein, director of the Boston-based Physicians for Human Rights, which sponsored Wednesday's luncheon.