Minute Mirror (Pakistan): In Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, the education department has instructed male employees to keep beards and female employees to wear hijab. The Directorate of Education warned employees that employees who do not follow the order can be dismissed from service. Click here to read more (external link).
Akmal Dawi VOA News January 17, 2023 Hundreds of Afghan women employed by international non-governmental organizations have started returning to work despite a Taliban order banning their work. At least three NGOs — CARE International, Save the Children, and International Rescue Committee — have confirmed resumption of humanitarian operations in Afghanistan with Afghan women on
AP: Under the Taliban, the mannequins in women’s dress shops across the Afghan capital of Kabul are a haunting sight, their heads cloaked in cloth sacks or wrapped in black plastic bags. Click here to read more (external link). Related Photos: Under The Taliban: Even Mannequins Must Be Hooded And Masked
Wire spools turn in a factory in Paktia Province, Afghanistan, where youthful workers produce cabling needed for electrical devices — but face electricity outages themselves. Workers and managers hope for investors to expand opportunity, but the World Bank forecasts a dramatically challenged Afghan economy, largely cut off from foreign aid since the Taliban takeover in
8am: Speculations have mounted that China will seek dominance over Afghanistan’s mineral resources, particularly its lithium, gold and other rare-earth ore deposits, following the final US withdrawal from the country in August 2021. Local sources said on Thursday, January 12, that experts from two Chinese firms have visited Ghazni province for technical studies of lithium
8am: Local sources said on Tuesday, January 10, that the Taliban’s Vice and Virtue Agents in Baghlan, in addition to shutting down women’s hairdressing salons, have warned land owners and dealers to refrain from issuing rent premises to women’s hairdressing salons. The Taliban have already closed women’s hair salons in Kunduz, Takhar and Badakhshan provinces.
Ariana: The US government spent nearly $1 billion to fund critical mineral surveys, mineral exploration, regulatory reforms and capacity development for the former Afghan government, according to the report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR. “US efforts in Afghanistan’s extractives industry presented one of the greatest opportunities for the Afghan government
South China Morning Post: Chinese nationals will remain a target in 2023 for an Islamic State offshoot operating in Afghanistan, because of China’s alleged suppression of ethnic Uygur minorities in Xinjiang, according to analysts. China’s ties with the Taliban will add to the risks for its citizens in Afghanistan as the Islamic State Khorasan (Isis-K)
8am: On the second day of his visit to Afghanistan, the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) highlighted the consequences of the Taliban ban on female NGO staff in Afghanistan. In a thread on Twitter on Monday, January 9, the NRC Secretary General, Jan Egeland, pointed to the devastating consequences of the ban
By Abubakar Siddique RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi January 7, 2023 Zahra has relied on handouts of cooking oil, rice, and flour from local and foreign aid agencies to feed her seven children. The 35-year-old is among the millions of Afghans who have received lifesaving assistance in the face of a worsening humanitarian and economic crisis. But many