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Herat girls call for reopening of their schools



(Last Updated On: July 6, 2022)

A number of girls in Herat on Wednesday called for the reopening of schools for students above the sixth grade.

Holding a painting exhibition, the girls said that they wanted to give a message to the government and the world that education is the right of both girls and boys.

They exhibited about 60 paintings particularly for children.

“Our exhibition has two objectives. First is to reassure children that they are part of society and second is to remind the officials not to focus on their interests but pay attention also to children,” said Asma Mehrwarz, an organizer of the exhibition.

Lina Qaderi, a student, said: “We want girls’ schools to reopen, because every child has a right to education irrespective of being a boy or a girl.”

“We as students are preparing for Kankoor (university entrance test). We didn’t want our 10th, 11th and 12 grades to pass like this. We want the Islamic Emirate to reopen the girls’ schools,” said Sadaf, a student.

The visitors welcomed the exhibition and called for more.

“If we look at foreign countries, they display the smallest achievement of their children. But we don’t provide such an opportunity to our children. I hope conditions will improve in future so that our children could also display their talents,” said Sana, a student.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) in March reversed a decision to allow girls to return to secondary and high schools.

A notice from the education ministry said that schools would reopen after a decision over the uniform of female students was made in accordance with Sharia law and Afghan tradition.

IEA’s Acting Public Health Minister Qalandar Ebad, however, said recently that the lack of funds was also a reason for the closure of girls’ schools.


Quadruplets born to Laghman couple



(Last Updated On: November 20, 2022)

A Laghman woman has given birth to four healthy babies at the Laghman Central Hospital, officials confirmed Saturday.

According to Dr Payandeh Mohammad Sahak, the mother and her four babies – three boys and a girl – are all doing well.

The quadruplets were born on Friday.

The father of the babies was quoted by Bakhtar news agency as saying he is happy that “God has given him four children.”

The couple live in Alingar district of Laghman.

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Takhar police confirm explosion but no casualties reported



(Last Updated On: November 16, 2022)

Takhar police said an explosion shook Talaqan city court area on Tuesday morning but that no casualties were reported.

Police did not provide further details but eyewitnesses said the explosion was caused by a landmine and that it happened when prisoners were being transported to the courthouse.

According to witnesses, a Police Ranger and another car were damaged in this explosion.

Meanwhile, Hamidullah Mutawakel, the spokesperson of Herat governor, said in a statement that five Daesh members were killed in an operation by IEA forces in PD12 of Herat city. According to the Herat governor’s spokesman, the operation was carried out on Tuesday night by the intelligence forces.

Mutawakel did not give further details or say whether there had been any casualties among IEA forces.

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Last Sikh in Nangarhar says he’s not leaving Afghanistan



(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)

Gulcharan Singh, the last Sikh in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, says the rest of his community left the country due security reasons, but that he is staying in his home country.

Gulcharan, who is a shopkeeper in Jalalabad, says thousands of Hindu and Sikh families were living in Nangarhar province, but they have now left for countries like India, Britain and Canada.

“In the past, we had 10,000 families in Nangahrar. Now it is only me who is remaining,” Gulcharan said.

“People (who left) are not comfortable. They had a free life here. You know how it is to live in a foreign country.”

“All those who worship and offer prayers should pray that God rebuilds the country and it becomes secure.”

Local residents say they hope that Hindu and Sikh families return to the country.

“They were good people. There were very broadminded people among them. There were merchants, shopkeepers and laborers among them. They were people who were helping the country,” said Mia Noorudin Miakheil, a local resident in Nangarhar.

“The conditions were not suitable for them. They were bombed in Kabul during the Emirate rule. They were very scared after that so they left,” said Ahmad Yosuf, a local resident in Nangarhar.

“Some left for India, others left for Canada…They may return after the security situation improves,” said Naseer Khan, a local resident in Nangarhar.

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