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Well, this is terrible: two men have been arrested by Afghan police due to allegations of beheading a 15-year-old girl after her father turned down a marriage proposal. The young girl was allegedly attacked while she was walking home with drinking water for her family. “Our investigation shows those who killed her were people who wanted to marry her,” a Kunduz province police official told the BBC. The two suspects were also her relatives. The father turned down the offer because “she was too young to be engaged.” That, at least, sounds hopeful to me. Read More
Skateboarding is pretty cool.  A girl skateboarding is awesome.  But a girl skateboarding in Afghanistan?  Probably couldn’t get better than that. Skateistan began as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Now, they’re an international nonprofit charity providing skateboarding and educational programming in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Pakistan. Read More
There’s a woman in a small village who, against all odds, dares to challenge authority and ride a motorbike to fight crime. And no, I’m not talking about Lisbeth Salander. The 50-year-old Zarifa Qazizadah, who was forced to marry at 12 and now has 15 children and 36 grandchildren, is Afghanistan’s sole female village chief. That's a feat in itself, but the BBC reports that this brave leader has even remortgaged her home to pay for the posts and cables needed to provide the Naw Abad village with electricity. Read More
About 150 female students and several female teachers in an Afghan high school were hospitalized today after drinking contaminated water at their high school. Local health officials report that the water was poisoned; the girls experienced vomiting, partial loss of consciousness, and dizziness. The students were reported to be in critical condition but there have been no reported deaths. Local officials are “100% sure” that the poisoned water was an attack by extremists who are vehemently against the education of girls. Read More
A small but dedicated group of young female boxers in Afghanistan are learning vital self-defense skills and dreaming of Olympic stardom, according to a story from Al-Arabiya News. Training in a space formerly used by the Taliban for public punishments, the athletes still face serious threats from conservatives who believe that females shouldn’t learn how to fight: “Two years ago someone called my father...and threatened that he would either kidnap or kill us if he let us train,” 19-year-old Shabnam said. Read More