Two women aid workers murdered in Helmand

Buried in the disturbing story of the police force from one district in Ghazni defecting to the Taliban en masse is this stomach-churning example of why it’s deluded to believe today’s Taliban are any less murderously or absolutely committed to the removal of women from society than their predecessors were:

In Helmand Province, the bodies of two female Afghan aid workers were found on a roadside Sunday, both having been shot to the death.

The women, one named Majabina and the other Nazaneen, ran a small vocational training center called Majooba Hejrawi, named for an Afghan poet. The center, in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, catered exclusively to women, who learned to sew, make clothing and cut hair, as well as how to prepare fruit preserves.

Majabina and Nazaneen were last seen Friday getting into a Toyota Corolla. Their bodies were found near the village of Tango Guzar, which lies between the towns of Marja and Nawa.

The article doesn’t say the Taliban killed the victims. However, given that the women worked for a small, local NGO and would necessarily have had the support of community leaders, it’s highly unlikely they were killed by anyone but Taliban agents, who would have veiwed their vocational training center as an affront to the Taliban belief that women belong at home, catering unquestioningly to men’s desires –or dead.

Someone should remind Nick Kristof of this.

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5 thoughts on “Two women aid workers murdered in Helmand

  1. I read the NY Times article re: the defecting Afghan police unit (while listening to the inanities of the U.S. election results) and was struck by the mention of the two women (Majabina & Nazaneen) shot to death presumably for teaching women to sew, make clothing, etc. I just can’t them out of my mind. Searching on Google lead me to your blog. (Keep blogging btw!) They were Afghan women teaching what is typically considered female work in most cultures. They lose their lives for teaching other women to make fruit preserves?!

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