Investigative Report

“I Was Not Born a Slave”

IWPR investigation reveals children trapped in unending bonded labour to pay off loans. By Sayed Samiullah Sayidi - Nangarhar 23 May 12 “I was not born a slave,” Mirwali said. “I’ve been held hostage with two of my older brothers at this brick factory… ...

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Survivors of Kerhala’s massacre

Thirty years ago, members of the communist government invited 1,300 people to a community meeting in Kunar province. However, the invitation was a ruse, and communist forces executed all of them. Nearly. A rare few lived, hidden under ...

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Ghost teachers in Ghor eat up millions of dollars

By Mohammad Hassan Hakimi Ghor Province – Hayatollah said that he is supposed to be teaching history and geography for grades 6-9 at the Kahrezak Secondary School, located 60 kilometers from the provincial capital of Cheghcheran. But when asked to ...

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Herat pushcart vendors fed up with extortion

By Hamed Mehri Herat city – About 2,000 roadside vendors ply their trade on Herat streets everyday, selling everything from bananas to tools or clothing. The work is hard and most make barely enough money to pay expenses and ...

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Mortality high in Herat’s private clinics

By Wali Mohammad Hadeed Herat city – In November last year, Sayed Faisal and his wife visited a friend who lived in Herat city. While sipping tea, Khesraw, Faisal’s two-year-old son, suddenly had a coughing fit. The child soon ...

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Ghazni’s mafia state within a state

By Humayoon Ghaznavi Ghazni province – Local strongmen have seized 150,000 acres of state-owned lands in Ghazni Province during the last eight years, local authorities say, and the government is worried that this land mafia are now poised to ...

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In Balkh, a public hospital where the public pays

By Gulab Shah Bawer Mazar-e-Sharif – Earlier this year at the Balkh public hospital, in northern Afghanistan’s Mazar-e-Sharif city, 24-year-old Yasin was at the side of his father, Mahmood, who had been admitted with a head injury. His fellow ...

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Contract fraud found in Jalalabad energy project

By Aminulla Rahbar Jalalabad  – Four years ago, 525 families were looking forward to receiving solar panels through a government aid program. But evidence obtained by Institute of War & Peace Reporting suggest that more than 75 percent of ...

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Finances a mystery at major Kabul conference

By Khan Mohammad Daneshjo Kabul – The search began with a missing generator. The machine, which costs as much as $20,000 in Kabul, was bought with money donated by a foreign government to help pay for a massive international ...

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In Wakhan, threatened sheep show signs of recovery

By Noor Agha Noori Wakhan district, Badakhshan province – Counting sheep in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan Province may be difficult, but shooting them is no doubt easier when the weapon of choice is an AK-47. The famed Marco Polo sheep, first described ...