Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Central Asia

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Central Asia

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Female Aid Workers Leave Northern Afghanistan

According to the June 26 Arab News, New York based Human Rights Watch catalogued over 150 cases of murder, looting and gangrape of ethnic Pashtuns in Afghanistan's northern regions, where they are a minority Most members of the deposed Taliban regime were Pashtun, and the crimes are believed to be motivated by revenge. The situation is so volatile especially following the June 8 gang-rape of a French female aid worker near Mazar-i-Sharif-that female foreign aid workers have been withdrawn from field missions in the region. UN. spokesman Manoel de Silva e Almeida called the move "a temporary measure," noting that "the situation in the regions.. is tense still."

Escort Service for Low-Scoring Kids

Authorities in eastern Turkey are providing police escorts to schoolchildren who receive poor report cards and are afraid of being punished at home, reported the June 15 Arab News. "If it's necessary," said one police officer, "we will talk to the family. …

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