Far from peace

It might be out of the news compared to Syria, but we shouldn’t forget that the situation in Afghanistan is still far from peaceful.

We’re now a little more than a year away from the withdrawal of British and other international troops from Afghanistan, yet the country is still regularly rocked by violence.

One group with a great deal to fear if insecurity inceases is Afghan women and girls.

The Taliban and other armed groups appear to be stepping up attacks on prominent Afghan women.

In the past few months alone, we have seen two senior women police officers murdered, two women MPs attacked, and a much-admired writer who chronicled abuse by the Taliban shot dead outside her home.

As part of our Afghanistan campaign, the Shoreham and Worthing Amnesty International group has written directly to Afghan president Hamid Karzai, calling on him to ensure that Afghanistan’s brave women’s rights activists are protected and assisted in their work.

We have also written to local MPs Tim Loughton and Peter Bottomley, urging them to support our campaign, including pressing our own Government for details on how it is assisting women in Afghanistan.

Politicians have repeatedly said they won’t ‘cut and run’ from Afghanistan, and will go on supporting a nation that has been through more than its fair share of suffering.

The coming months will be a crucial test of that pledge.

Readers can find out more about Amnesty’s work on Afghanistan at www.amnesty.org/afghanistan

Mrs P.M. Green

Member, Shoreham and Worthing Amnesty International group

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