Friday 29 May 2020
May 28, 2020
Afghanistan Frees 900 More Taliban Prisoners
Some 900 Taliban members were freed from Afghanistan's largest prison outside Kabul as part of a prisoner swap under a cease-fire deal. Former detainees were given new clothes outside Pul-e Charkhi prison on May 26, as well as cash and transport home.
May 25, 2020
Coronavirus Overshadows Holiday Prayers In Pakistan
Fewer worshippers than in previous years came to Faisal Mosque in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, to pray on the Eid al-Fitr holiday on May 24. In Quetta, in Pakistan's province of Balochistan, the main holiday prayers took place outdoors.
May 23, 2020
Pakistani Passenger Jet Crashes Near Karachi
A Pakistani International Airlines aircraft with at least 99 people on board crashed on May 22 into a residential area in the southern port city of Karachi after experiencing technical problems. The pilot had reported technical problems before the crash.
May 14, 2020
'I'm Truly Devastated': Babies Left Motherless In Kabul Attack Breastfed By Volunteers
Medical staff in the Afghan capital, Kabul, have been caring for newborn babies left motherless in a deadly attack on a maternity hospital by gunmen on May 12. Volunteers have come forward to breastfeed the children. It's still unclear who was behind the atrocity.
May 13, 2020
Pakistan Relaxes COVID-19 Lockdown Measures
In the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, life was returning to normal after the government began relaxing lockdown measures that were implemented to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Markets were busy on May 12, but many shoppers and vendors did not wear masks or practice physical distancing.
May 12, 2020
Newborns Killed In Attack On Kabul Maternity Hospital
The Afghan Interior Ministry said at least 14 people were killed in the May 12 attack, including two newborns and an unspecified number of nurses. Security forces managed to rescue 80 women and infants from the facility after killing the attackers in an hours-long shootout.
May 08, 2020
Afghan Farmers Supply Opium Trade As Money Dries Up
Farmers in Afghanistan are growing poppies in government-controlled areas, insisting that there are no real economic alternatives to cultivating the flowers for the opium trade. It's estimated that Afghanistan's poppy fields are the source for much of the world's illegal heroin supply.
April 28, 2020
Denied Treatment, Education, And Jobs: Afghanistan's Disabled Women
Disabled women in Afghanistan have told RFE/RL of the widespread discrimination they suffer in their country, which has one of the highest proportions of disabled people in the world. Their accounts come as Human Rights Watch reports that many also face sexual harassment from government officials.