Monthly Archives: September 2011

Peace in Afghanistan?

A suicide bomber with explosives hidden in his turban killed the chairman of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, Burhannudin Rabbani, this week. This has thrown the peace process into disarray as different factions accuse each other of involvement and in trying to destroy what is widely recognized as a fragile path to peace.

Afghanistan already lives with the devastating impact of decades of war and conflict – poverty and lack of livelihoods, poor health care and insufficient education on a national scale.  Throughout these decades of war, Afghan women and children have borne the brunt of human rights abuses. Whether it is local militias/police raping women or Taliban forces demanding young girls as brides[1], women and children suffer from the ongoing conflict and this country has been deemed the most dangerous for women in the world.[2]

Afghan Woman

While the future is uncertain, both for individuals and for the country as a whole, (with international forces set to leave in 2014) we can be sure that there are women and children who will desperately need the services of Hagar to find hope and healing from traumatic experiences.  Please pray for peace in this land and know you can be involved in helping restore lives by donating to our programs.

[1] Human Rights Watch 2011 “‘Just Don’t Call It a Militia:’ Impunity, Militias and the ‘Afghan Local Police,’”