Shafiqa was 12 years old when she was made the wife of a man in Herat, during the rule of the Taliban. While her new husband was away working in Iran, she was accused of having an affair with a neighbor and sentenced to be stoned to death. Miraculously, she lived. Ali Asghar Yaghubi tells the extraordinary story of Shafiqa’s second lease on life.
The overall objective of IWPR’s program in Afghanistan is to contribute to democracy and peace through a sustainable improvement in the level of public debate and information exchange.
This is done by developing professional reporting skills and improving the capacity of local and regional media to function as independent entities; the tools used include institution building, practical training and information production and dissemination.
IWPR began work in Afghanistan shortly before the fall of the Taleban, and over the past several years has expanded its activities throughout the country. Major achievements include the creation of Pajhwok Afghan News, the first independent news agency in the country, as well as the establishment of media centers in most major urban centers and smaller provincial capitals.
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