NEWS: Trafficking of Afghan Women from Kabul

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Subject: NEWS: Trafficking of Afghan Women from Kabul
From: Jyothi Kanics (jkanics@igc.org)
Date: Thu Jun 03 1999 - 09:58:08 EDT


FRom the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) Web
site (www.rawa.org)

Trafficking of Afghan Women from Kabul
 By Willi Germund
 Frankfurter Rundschau
  Jan.7,1999
                                         
          "What we decide about the fundamentals of Islam is our internal
          religious affair. No one may interfere, and no one can dictate to
us how
          we treat our women," Mullah Hassan warned.

          Within the terrirory it controls the Taleban forces all women to
wear a
          burqa, which begins as a veil and covers the entire body in
heavy, bulky
          material; the woman wearing one can only see the outside world
through
          a narrow gap surrounding the eyes, which is covered with a thin
lace-like
          material. They are not allowed to accept paid employment. Girls may
          not attend school, let alone university.

          But the mullahs like commerce - so even if women are not free, the
          trade in them is to some considerable extent.

          Miaz Mohammad is a merchant dealing in everything from radios to
          refrigerators in Chaman, a city on the Pakistani border. When the
other
          customers had left the shop, he was prepared to speak in
confidence.

          "There are too many women in Kabul," he explained. "Pakistanis
          come here to pay 90,000 rupees (about 1,800 dollars) for women
          from Kabul. The women think they are getting a husband, but the
          Pakistanis only want them for a few months' worth of fun."


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