In Helmand, Even Pain Has Become a Luxury

Fair Observer, July 28 2016

Lashkar-gah. Hospitals are tough. The disinfectant smell trapped inside these walls, along with that of plastic furniture, would flood anyone with a sense of anxiety. Yet here in Helmand, one of the most troubled provinces in Afghanistan, there is no space for laments and sorrows. “My job is to manage the pain, from the beginning, to the middle and after. Afghans never complain about pain. We have a ward full of kids, and you never see them crying,” says Joseph Rumley, the anaesthesiologist working with Emergency—an international medical charity who provide free health care to the victims of war in the province.

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First Co-Working Space Opens in Afghanistan

Fair Observer, May 18 2016

The idea first started in New York City’s Soho district and arrived in Kabul’s Karte Seh—a recently rebuilt residential area. “[A] few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the co-working space of a friend in New York,” says Suleman Fatimie, a 36-year-old Afghan entrepreneur and the founder of the initiative. “I [got] inspired: Why not do something similar here in Afghanistan?”

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When ISIS Steals Your School

Warscapes, April 18 2016

Graffiti on the walls of a high school in Afghanistan’s Achin district, some 10km from the Pakistani border, reads: “Islamic Governorate of Khorasan.” Until a short time ago, the voices of diligent students, whose aim is to progress to Nangarhar University in Jalalabad, the provincial capital, were absent here. Instead, the school, financed by the Afghan government and newly painted blue, was home for eight months to many of the Islamic State’s Wilayat Khorasan fighters, the Asian faction of IS now seeking to establish itself in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and parts of other central Asian countries. The fighters took issue, in particular, with what they decried as the school’s role in training future government employees.

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I talebani rispondono alle offerte di pace con un attacco in centro a Kabul

Il Foglio, 19 Aprile 2016

Kabul. Questa mattina un attacco rivendicato dai talebani ha fatto 28 morti e 280 feriti nella zona di Puli Mahood Khan di Kabul, dove si trova il ministero della Difesa. L’esplosivo era nascosto dentro un furgone parcheggiato vicino un ufficio dei servizi di sicurezza speciali afghani (NDS) e l’esplosione ha fatto tremare gli uffici vicini, rimbombando per tutte le zone centrali della capitale.

 

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Baghdadisti a Kabul

Il Foglio, 9 Dicembre 2015

Kabul. “L’obiettivo dello Stato islamico in Afghanistan è eliminare la linea di Durand che separa l’Afghanistan dal Pakistan” e che da oltre mezzo secolo ne avvelena i rapporti, per ristabilire la provincia storica del Khorasan sotto il Califfato di Baghdadi, e anche cancellare le frontiere con l’Iran, il Tajikistan e altri paesi dell’area: “Partiremo da Kabul verso l’Asia Centrale – spiega in un’intervista Bakhtyar, l’emiro assegnato alla provincia del Nangharah, confinante con il Pakistan – Ma per ora ci stiamo focalizzando principalmente nell’eliminazione dei talebani dal paese”. Questi commenti sono stati raccolti dal Foglio grazie a un collaboratore locale. La guerra in Afghanistan al momento è più tra Stato islamico e talebani che contro il governo di Kabul e non si tratta soltanto di scontri militari.

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