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Tuesday February 7, 2017

Kabul (BNA) 3000 cases of violence against women have been recorded in the last nine months, a human rights commissioner said. 
Expressing concern on women situation, a number of women rights advocates stressed that amnesty culture has caused the culprits to easily elope the law and don’t get punished. Sharifa, a teacher in Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan University told that nowadays, violence against women has been considerably increased, particularly in turbulent provinces. The main reason behind this, is presence of irresponsible armed individuals in provinces, she said, adding unfortunately, the government of Afghanistan could not still do essential works to prevent violence against women in the country. At the same time, confirming this issue, Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said that parts of body chop off, beating, underage marriages, sexual assaults, etc. were the types of violence the Afghan women are still faced with throughout the country.
Expressing concern on increasing violence against women, Suraya Subhrang, the AIHRC commissioner said that lack of punishment, amnesty culture, corruption and lack of women access to justice and unacceptable traditions have caused to considerably raise the violence cases.
Violence against women has noticeably increased inside families—an action that is seriously concerning, she added.  This is while that recently, a man in northern Balkh province has cut off his wife ears. Local officials of Badakhshan said that few days ago, a girl had been shot death in Yaftal district of the province by a Taliban commander in front of her family members. The ministry of women affairs while confirming increase in number of violence cases against women, said that 1537 violence cases have been recorded in third quarter of the year. The deputy minister of women affairs, Spozhmai Wardak said that non-punishment of culprits and non-practicing public courts were the factors in increasing this phenomenon. She also asked the security organs to seriously step up in arresting and punishment of the perpetrators of violence against women.
Seddiq Seddiqi, the spokesperson to the ministry of interior said no efforts will be spared to prevent violence against women in the country. Besides, the Attorney General Office said that it has addressed to more than 1000 cases of violence against women in the last eleven months.  The AGO spokesperson said that this administration is committed to address the cases of violence against women. Likewise, a number of women rights advocates said that influencing powerful figures in violence cases has caused to climb such cases by each passing day. They added if the culprits are not publicly courted, the phenomenon will not be prevented in the country.
Shukria Kohistani

Tuesday February 7, 2017

Sar-e-Pul City (BNA) Foodstuffs and non-foodstuffs have been distributed to 33 destitute families in northern Sar-e-Pul province yesterday.
Azizruhman Imaq head of counter-disaster of Sar-e-Pul told BNA local reporter, heavy snowfalls claimed the lives of 8 people including three women and had been destroyed 25 residential houses in Sayad and Sozma Qala districts of the province.
Also two people were killed, two others were injured and several cattle perished following snowstorms in Gosfandi district of Sar-e-Pul province, Imaq added.
The distributed assistances include flour, looking oil, rice and blanket, Imaq concluded.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Defense MoD distributed around 4 tons foodstuffs for displaced families of Mayemi district of Badakhshan and Bargmatal district of Nuristan provinces.
According to the information of Ministry of Defense (MoD) to BNA, the foods were included rice, cooking oil, tea, sugar, bean were transferred by aircrafts of air forces and distributed for damaged and displaced families.
He added, the process of the assistances continues to other parts of the county.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Kabul (BNA)  The UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Mark Bowden, was saddened to learn of the loss of life and widespread damage to property in Barg-e-Matal district of eastern Nurisan province due to an avalanche.
“On behalf of the UN humanitarian agencies, I wish to extend our condolences to all those families who have lost loved ones as a result of this avalanche,” Bopwden said.
“I commend the efforts of the Afghan government that has quickly mobilized to respond to the disaster,” a statement from the UN agency quoted Bowden as saying.
At least 50 people were reported as killed, with a further 13 injured from an avalanche in Nuristan which occurred in the early hours of February Further casualties from other avalanches and heavy snowfall were also reported in other areas around Afghanistan, including a reported 10 killed and 12 injured in Darwaz Bala, Badakhshan province.
The Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) is leading the coordination of the operational response to the Nuristan avalanche and other natural disasters that have occurred.  With some areas difficult to access, it may take some time until a clear picture of the full extent of the damage is known.
“The UN system stands ready to fully support the Afghan government in responding to the disaster,” said Bowden.

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