This disability health and support centre in Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan, is staffed almost exclusively by disabled care workers. They produce prosthetic limbs and provide  rehabilitation and social support in a country where public healthcare is negliable.

Video: Al Jazeera.

I AM A GIRL is a documentary featuring stories of young women from Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Cameroon, Afghanistan, USA and Australia. This looks like an excellent film to discuss intersections of identity and experience from the sociology of race, culture, gender, class, nationality and sexuality. It’s screening in Australia from today in Brisbane, and then moves to Adelaide, and Canberra. Finally arrives in Melbourne, from 26th September. Can’t wait to see it and I’ll tell you more about it when I do.

united-nations:

“The mobile phone is like a teacher to me, and now I can write names and sentences on the board. This programme isn’t just helping me it’s also helping make my country safer.”Read a story from United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) News Centre and see how mobile phones in Afghanistan are not only teaching the women police officers to read but turning them into more effective law enforcement officers.

united-nations:

“The mobile phone is like a teacher to me, and now I can write names and sentences on the board. This programme isn’t just helping me it’s also helping make my country safer.”

Read a story from United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) News Centre and see how mobile phones in Afghanistan are not only teaching the women police officers to read but turning them into more effective law enforcement officers.


Silke Buhr explains how WFP is responding to this year’s particularly challenging winter in the Mazar-I-Sharif region of northern Afghanistan.

Source: World Food Programme.

The French army is in Afghanistan at the service of the Afghans against terrorism and against the Taliban. The French army is not in Afghanistan so that Afghan soldiers can shoot at them.

French President Nicholas Sarkozy announced that France is suspending its training and combat mission in Afghanistan after a soldier in the Afghan National Army killed four French soldiers in Taghab valley in the eastern province of Kapisa earlier today. He also said that France is now contemplating an early withdrawal. Check out my Storify of this piece of news! (via thepoliticalnotebook)
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AINAK-6420.jpg by jeromestarkey on Flickr.
The Chinese state owned mining company MCC have built a camp at Mes Ainak, 35km south of Kabul, while archeologists are racing to excavate a series of ancient Buddhist monasteries before the bulldozers roll in. The Afghan government is desperate for the copper royalites, once mining starts, but officials familiar with the deal said the Chinise, having secured the rights to the deposit, appear to be in no hurry to start exploiting it. They are supposed to build a railway and a power station, but have not started either.
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AINAK-6420.jpg by jeromestarkey on Flickr.

The Chinese state owned mining company MCC have built a camp at Mes Ainak, 35km south of Kabul, while archeologists are racing to excavate a series of ancient Buddhist monasteries before the bulldozers roll in. The Afghan government is desperate for the copper royalites, once mining starts, but officials familiar with the deal said the Chinise, having secured the rights to the deposit, appear to be in no hurry to start exploiting it. They are supposed to build a railway and a power station, but have not started either.