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Malali Joya - And The Afghanistan Problem.

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Heard on R4 today that despite BILLIONS being poured into Afghanistan since 2001 when the Taliban were routed, Poverty reigns supreme there. Where TF did all that money disappear to? Into whose pockets, huh? The poor bluddy peasants did not see any according to the people they interviewed there. One man... man living with his wife and numerous children in ONE room: No electricity, no work. Bluddy appalling and to cap it all - the Taliban are back :angry: . What the hell was it all for? British soldiers died, Afghanis slaughtered - and for what?

It is enough to make the angels weep. :(

One brave lady demanding answers- despite numerous death threats and assassination attempts - is Malali Joya: A feminist who is not exactly smiled on by the traditionalists. Well she wouldn't be would she?

http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=31501

Extract - Violence against women and girls is pervasive," concluded an Amnesty International report in May. "Afghan women and girls live with the risk of abduction and rape by armed individuals; forced marriage, being traded for settling disputes and debts; and they face daily discrimination from all segments of society as well as by state officials."

For most Afghan women, little has changed since the fundamentalist Taliban's ouster as part of the U.S.-led 'war on terror' in 2001. Literacy rates for women are an abysmal 14 percent compared to slightly more than 50 percent among men. Female life expectancy is a mere 45 years

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Guest AuntJess
Yeah, but Big Brothers been cancelled. What are we going to do?

Watch the football I guess.

:blink: ??

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Read an excellent interview with her in one of the papers the other day. Think it was G2 in the Guardian. She's got so much courage and must be a real heroine to women out there. And fully aware of the dangers (she says herself she'll probably get shot soon).

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Aye, thought she had been, but it seems I was thinking about someone else. Maybe in Iraq?

Check out counterpunch.org for some similar.

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Inspirational woman, but, sadly, probably not known in Afghanistan outside the elite coffee houses of Kabul. I would imagine that the vast majority of Afghans have never heard of her.

BTW - a friend who has been serving out there in the forces told me that the death toll of Afghans was "immense". He was talking about only reported kills from British soldiers under his command engaging confirmed combatants, nothing to do with any bombing missions or civilian casualties. In so many words he said that every single day there is a certain number of young men who "come of age" and run away to volunteer to fight. They will, sooner or later, be killed in the field of combat. But every day a certain number of new recruits follows them, and so it will continue.

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