School Closures Hit Afghan Province

Siam Zamir News

Civil society activists are warning that the state school system in the southern province of Kandahar is in chaos, with some 50,000 children completely deprived of access to education. Mohibulah Qadiri, director of Kandahar’s education department, told IWPR, “Kandahar has 573 schools and 420 of these schools are currently active. But the remaining 153 are not functioning.” Kandahar, which shares ...

Depression Rampant Among Afghan Women

Siam Zamir News

Gender violence, poverty and associated social problems fuels widespread mental health problems. The razor scars on 18-year-old Leila’s hands and neck bear witness to her past attempts at suicide. The Herat teenager told IWPR that she had become deeply depressed after her marriage to a 45-year-old man. I married a much older man because of my parents, later, I realised ...

Afghan Midwives Make Their Mark

Siam Zamir News

Community care has massively reduced maternal mortality. Fatemeh, a 34 year-old mother-of-three, has bitter memories of her first two deliveries. Both were home births with no formal medical assistance. “I suffered so much during these two deliveries and I nearly died,” the Baghlan resident told IWPR. The birth of her son a year ago was very different. Taken to the ...