On to Paris…

Posted By: Erica On June 12, the French government will host 60 major donors, foreign governments and non-governmental actors, at the Paris Donor Conference for Afghanistan. The Afghan government will be asking the international community to commit to $50 billion in aid for the coming years.  We at CIVIC wanted to make sure that at…

Indiscriminate use of force

Posted By: Erica On March 4, 2007, a US Marine convoy killed 19 Afghan civilians and wounded 50 others in one of the worst incidents of indiscriminate fire on Afghan civilians. Fleeing the scene of a suicide bomb attack in Jalalabad city, the Marines fired arbitrarily at passing civilians on the crowded highway, including those…

UN Special Rapporteur speaks out

Posted By: Erica For the past two weeks the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary executions has been in Afghanistan on a fact-finding mission (See here for a Special Rapporteur definition). His mandate is to look into all violations of the “right to life” in Afghanistan, and provide recommendations for improving respect…

A sad story…

Posted By: Erica Today [May 18, 2008] I received the following, very sad story in an email from one of the co-workers at my Afghan NGO: Today at noontime one of the women who works with our Helmand treatment center as a social worker popped in with a few questions. At the polite – to…

Aiding Garmsir’s refugees

Posted By: Erica Since the end of April, hundreds of Afghan families have fled the Garmsir region of Helmand province due to fighting between insurgents and US-led forces. High estimates by the Afghan Red Crescent Society and by the UN agency for refugees in Afghanistan have suggested that as many as 1000 families have fled.…