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Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 6:20 pm
Desperate Afghan women choose suicide by fire


KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Bora Gull Heha's eyes widen as she looks at a photograph of herself lying in a Kandahar hospital bed.

A gauze patchwork quilt covers the third-degree burns over 90% of her body and her skin is mottled and scabbed.

Three months ago, she doused herself in lamp oil and set her body aflame; the photograph is the first time she's seen the horrific results.

"I wanted to punish my husband, punish his family," she said through an interpreter.

"There was nothing else I could do. But I have just punished myself."

For Heha, 16, death was the only way she believed she could escape her abusive husband and the tirades of her mother-in-law.

According to a recent study by rights group Medica Mondiale, suicide by fire is becoming the desperate last resort for more and more women each year in Afghanistan.

In 2005, Kandahar had 74 cases. In 2006, 77 cases were documented in the first six months of the year. The problem is more severe in Herat, a western province bordering Iran. One hundred cases of self-immolation were recorded last year.

That women choose death by fire is a cruel twist on their lot in life confined to their compounds as wives and mothers. Lacking any other resources, the oil that helps feed their family and lights their home is the only option often available as an escape.

"To set fire to herself is easier than any other way," said Dr. Sharifa Siddiqui, the head of the Mirwais hospital in Kandahar City.

"To kill herself by a gun, she doesn't know where to shoot, by knife she doesn't have the strength."

Heha's marriage was arranged by tribal elders in her village of Nowzad, in Helmand province, when she was 14. Her husband Abdul is nine years her senior; the night they wed, he was stoned on hashish and beat her.

For two years, the abuse continued, and her mother-in-law harassed her daily.

The night she lit herself on fire, Heha had fought with both her mother-in-law and husband and finally, she said, she'd had enough.

"I had too many problems, I didn't have any options. I saw the lamp and I grabbed it. My husband was there, he saw me light the fire. He didn't try to stop me," she said.

Dr. Ahmed Shah, who is looking after Heha's care, said it will be at least five months before she can be released from hospital.

Lauren Stone (586)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 7:04 pm
It is both amazing and appauling what lengths a woman will go to escape abuse. This is sickening, sad and shameful that the only way out is suicide, as her family and her society condones her mistreatment.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 8:02 pm
Yes and if she complains officially about the abuse, or tries to leave, , she is either hung or stoned.

Psychologically, in a sad way, these women are taking the power of their own lives into their hands. If they must die, let it be by their own hand.

It is one less violation and less painful than current sanctioned methods of disposing of them.

Since the invasion of Afghanistan, these incidents have increased and women's rights have dramatically declined from their already pathetic state.

Spirit Warrior

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Tuesday July 10, 2007, 8:07 pm
Look up MALALAI JOYA on the web and see her speeches on Youtube.

She speaks for the women of Afghanistan like no other and her life is in danger for it. The UNIFEM speech is the most powerful.

I will search for the C2NN news submitted about her work and message and post the links.

Spirit Warrior

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Tuesday July 10, 2007, 8:13 pm
URGENT:Afghan Women's Rights Leader Malalai Joya Needs Your Help Now !
Sunday June 10, 2007, 9:10 pm

12) UPDATE: Afghanistan: Don't allow warlords to silence Malalai Joya

Malalai Joya is a member of the Afghan parliament which comprises mostly
warlords and fundamentalists who are directly or indirectly involved in the
gross violations of human rights in Afghanistan. They currently dominate new
parliament using their guns, power, money and intimidation.

April 27, 2006- According to the Defense Committee of Malalai Joya, on 14
April 2006, the staff of Malalai Joya's office in Farah province uncovered
a plot planned by Joya's opponents against her.

A man who introduced himself as Engineer Sayed Najibullah came from Herat
to meet Malalai Joya. He said he was a representative of a German NGO's
envoy named Mr. Thomson. When he was told that she was in Kabul attending
sessions of the parliament, he requested to speak with the office staff. So
the supervisors of the Literacy Courses and Hamoon Clinic met with him.


The man pretended to be supporter of Joya and was interested in helping
her. He claimed that his NGO had previously funded Joya's projects but they
had heard some reports that she has not utilized the amount for the welfare
projects and instead has deposited the amounts in foreign banks and has
purchased some luxurious buildings. When he faced the incisive reaction of
staff that she hasn't received such funds and these are inimical
accusations against her, he asked the staff to sign a document which said
that Malalai Joya would soon receive a large amount of funds!

While talking to him, the office staff realized that he was a suspicious
person and must have been sent to spy or for some other conspiracy. To have
proof, they filmed the whole meeting with the man. The next day, he went to
the office to apparently bring some computers and sewing machines and
promised that he would return with more stuff that evening.

Joya's office urgently informed the Farah Police. In addition, they also
got in touch with Joya's supporters in Herat explaining his
characteristics, asked them to try to find this man.

On the 16th of April, the man was identified by Joya's supporters in Herat
and with the help of a female member of the provincial assembly of Farah,
he was handed over to the Heart police. During the interrogation in Herat,
keeping in mind the paradoxical answers of this man, the police realized
that behind this case there may be a political conspiracy against Joya. So
they handover him to KHAD -the intelligence service- in Herat and KHAD
promised to complete the investigation within 24 hours and update Joya's
office about the results.

Finally KHAD announced that it seemed as though the suspect had been
assigned by the Taliban to plot against Malalai Joya, claiming that she has
received 12 million dollars and has spent it for her personal use in order
to defame her.

But when Joya's office denied the Taliban's involvement and insisted that
the ''Northern Alliance'' and government officials must be behind the case,
KHAD imparted a part of Najibullah's confession that he was an old hand of
''Jamiat-e-Islami Afghanistan'' (the main group within Northern Alliance
led by Burhanuddin Rabbani) and in the past also had relations with Ahmad
Shah Masoud and Fahim. He had also confessed that he has received Afs.
300,000 --equal to US$6,000- to carry out the plot against Joya.

The Office of Malalai Joya and ''Defense Committee of Malalai Joya''
believe that KHAD is hiding the real facts and doesn't want to expose the
names of government officials who are involved. We believe that a number of
high state officials are involved in the case. It is clear from the mobile
number that was found on this man that for the past several days he had
been in contact with the mobile number 0799-025108 in Kabul that belongs to
a Jamiat-e-Islami element, who is an important employee of the ''Department
of Assessment and Analysis of Terrorism'' in the Interior Ministry of

Due to the frank and courageous revelations of Joya, her enemies after some
unsuccessful attempts on her life, are now trying different ways to start
treasonous propaganda against her. But these enemies of the people and
country don't know that for our people Joya has risen as the hope and star
of resistance and courage and the more they plot against her the more she
will be embedded in the soul and heart of our devastated people.

The freedom-loving, democrat and patriotic individuals and forces will
continue to confound the treasonous conspiracies against Malalai Joya by
their moral and practical support.

Defense Committee for Malalai Joya

For more information and to write a letter in support for Malalai Joya,
please see:

Indigo Star Nation


Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 8:15 pm
More from the same thread from Indigo:
Sunday June 10, 2007, 9:11 pm
In the past few weeks, after Malalai Joya's return from a successful international tour and interview with a local TV station in Kabul, the warlords and criminals in the Afghan Parliament and Senate, tried hard to silence Joya and kick her out of the Parliament.

They have used one of her recent comments during an interview as a justification for their move. In the interview, she expressed that the Afghan Parliament is worse than an animal stable whose many members are the murderers and enemies of Afghan people.

On May 21, 2007, with a gross majority, the Parliament dominated by warlords and drug-lords suspended Joya for three years and ordered the High Court to file a case against her. They also directed the Interior Ministry to restrict her movements. This means she is not allowed to travel outside Afghanistan.

In a press conference in Kabul, Joya announced that it is a political conspiracy against her and she will continue her fight against the warlords and enemies of Afghan people. She is ready to face an independent court and will use the opportunity to expose the enemies of Afghan people through it. Joya added, "but I am very sorry that there is no justice in Afghanistan and the judiciary is also infected with the virus of warlordism and the fundamentalists occupy it."

Some Afghan lawyers that we approached believe that the Parliament's decision is illegal and only a court can decide to oust an elected representative of people from the parliament.

But we are happy that majority of ordinary Afghan people strongly support Joya and she is receiving many phone calls, letters and emails full of sympathies and solidarity following the parliament decision.

WE URGE all her supporters and well-wishers to come forward and help Joya now.

YOU CAN do so in the following ways:

- Write to Afghan officials and file your protest for expelling and prosecuting Joya, while the terrorists and human rights violators in the parliament were provided immunity before any court for their past crimes last month.

- Express your concern for Joya's security during the court sessions as the fundamentalists currently hold key positions in Afghanistan's judiciary.

- Circulate this letter and ask lawyers and defenders of human rights in your area and country to come forward and help Joya during her court proceedings and defend her.

- Donate to Joya's security fund online at to help improve her security with necessary equipment and facilities, while she is now deprived of all official facilities.

Letters of protest can be sent to the following sources:

President Hamid Karzai

Supreme Court of Afghanistan
Feedback Form of the Supreme Court

Afghanistan's Parliament

Interior Ministry

Justice Ministry of Afghanistan

We thank you for your prompt action and support and hope you will forward a copy of your letters to

HRW: Censure of Malalai Joya Sets Back Democracy and Rights

Afghan parliament suspends outspoken female lawmaker after critical TV interview

'We have to kill her by any means, even a suicide attack'






Resubmitted by Spirit Warrior


Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 8:16 pm
Final submission from Kalima's post:
Monday June 11, 2007, 12:27 am

The US has Returned Fundamentalism to Afghanistan


The following is a transcript of the speech given by Malalai Joya, member of the Afghan Parliament, given at the University of Los Angeles.


In the name of Democracy and Peace -

Dear friends, first of all I extend my deep regards and thanks to the friends in the University of California to provide the opportunity for me to be here and share my point of view with you and inform you about the ongoing tragedy in my crying Afghanistan.

While the pro-democracy and anti-fundamentalists groups and individuals of Afghanistan are being marginalized, suppressed and silenced, you give a helping hand to me as a small voice of my suffering people to speak about the crisis in Afghanistan and terrible conditions of its people. You in fact play your role in raising awareness on what is going on in my devastated country.

Respected friends, over five years passed since the US-led attack on Afghanistan. Probably many of you are not well aware of the current conditions of my country and expect me to list the positive outcomes of the past years since the US invasion. But I am sorry to tell you that Afghanistan is still chained in the fetters of the fundamentalist warlords and is like an unconscious body taking its last breath.

The US government removed the ultra-reactionary and brutal regime of Taliban, but instead of relying on Afghan people, pushed us from the frying pan into the fire and selected its friends from among the most dirty and infamous criminals of the "Northern Alliance", which is made up of the sworn enemies of democracy and human rights, and are as dark-minded, evil, and cruel as the Taliban.

The Western media talks about democracy and the liberation of Afghanistan, but the US and its allies are engaged in the warlordization, criminalization and drug-lordization of our wounded land.

Today the Northern alliance leaders are the key power holders and our people are hostage in the hands of these ruthless gangs of killers. Many of them are responsible for butchering tens of thousands of innocent people in the past 2 decades but are in power and hold key positions in the government.

Let me list few of the key power-holders of Afghanistan:

- Karim Khalili, the vice-president, is leader of a pro-Iran party called Wahdat, responsible for killing thousands of innocent people, and named by Human Rights Watch as a war criminal.

- Ismael Khan, another killer warlord and lackey of the Iranian regime is the minister of water and power.

- Izzatullah Wasifi, Afghanistan's anti-corruption chief has been a convicted drug trafficker who has spent around 4 years in a Nevada state prison in the US.

- General Mohammed Daoud, Afghanistan's deputy interior minister in charge of the anti-drug effort, is a former warlord and famous drug-trafficker.

- Rashid Dostum, the chief of staff of the Afghan army, is a heartless killer and warlord, named by Human Rights Watch as a war criminal.

- Qasim Fahim, former defense minister and now a Senator and adviser to Mr. Karzai is the most powerful warlord of the Northern Alliance, and accused of war crimes.

And this list has hundreds of men on it, including Sayyaf, Ulomi, Golabzoi, Rabbani, Qanooni, Mohaqiq, Mullah Rocketi, etc. They should all be removed from power and put on trial for war crimes. In fact all the major institutions in Afghanistan are occupied by warlords and drug-lords. How can we talk about democracy when our legislative, judicial and executive bodies are infected with the viruses of fundamentalism and drug mafia?

Many freedom-loving individuals and groups in Afghanistan had long ago warned that bringing the criminal "Northern Alliance" back into power by the US government will pose a danger to Afghanistan. But today, most governments and world institutions accept that Afghanistan is a failed state which is heading toward disaster.

Afghans are deeply fed-up with the current situation and every day that passes they turn against the government, the foreign troops and the warlords. And the Taliban make use of it to increase their influence and acts of terror. Countries like Pakistan, Iran, Russia etc. are also meddling in Afghanistan for their own interests.

The U.S.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies wrote in a recent report: "…Afghans are frustrated with their economic situation… They suffer from unsteady employment and economic insecurity, and are turning to illicit and illegal activity, such as corruption and opium production…the Taliban has become an alternative source of employment, recruiting the jobless as foot soldiers in the insurgency."

In such a situation when a bunch of killers are in power, life cannot be easy for our unfortunate people. I would like to describe the tip of the iceberg on the reality of life in my bleeding Afghanistan:

Seven hundred children and 50-70 women die on a daily basis because of a lack of health services. Infant and maternal mortality rates are still very high - 1,600 to 1,900 women among each 100,000 die during childbirth. Life expectancy is less than 45 years.

The number of suicide cases by Afghan women was never as high as it is today: A month ago eighteen year old Samiya, hung herself by a rope because she was to be sold to a sixty year old man. Another woman called Bibi Gul locked herself up in the animals' stable and burned herself to death. Later her family found nothing except her bones.

The study by the governmental agency Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission shows a marked increase in reported cases: Two years ago in Farah province, there were 15 cases of women burning themselves reported, but the number jumped to 36 in the first six months of 2006. Kandahar province had 74 cases two years ago and 77 cases in the first six months of the past year. But the real numbers are much higher.

According to a UNIFEM survey, 65% of the 50,000 widows in Kabul see suicide as the only option to get rid of their misery. UNIFEM estimates that at least one out of three Afghan women has been beaten, forced into sex or otherwise abused.

The gang-rape of young girls and women by warlords belonging to the "Northern Alliance" still continues especially in the northern provinces of Afghanistan. People have staged mass protests a number of times but no one cares about their sorrow and tears. Only a few of the rape cases find their way into the media. One shocking case was that of 11 year old Sanobar, the only daughter of an unfortunate widow who was abducted, raped and then exchanged for a dog by a warlord. In a land where human dignity has no price, the vicious rapist of a poor girl still acts as district chief.

The Taliban continue their fascism in the eastern parts of Afghanistan where the government has no control. They carry out public executions and kidnappings. When some days ago an Italian journalist and his Afghan translator and driver were kidnapped, the Afghan government made a deal with them and released five Taliban leaders from prison so the Italian journalist was freed. But no one cared for the fate of the two innocent Afghans and both of them were beheaded by the Taliban.

A report by Human Rights Watch about war criminals in Afghanistan and the hanging of Saddam Hussein scared many Afghan criminals and now they are trying to block any efforts for their prosecution. Last month the warlord MPs, under the name of "national reconciliation" passed a bill in the parliament based on which no one can file a case or prosecute anyone for committing war crimes in the past 25 years.

I and a few other MPs raised our voices against it but as the fundamentalist warlords hold over 80% of the seats, the bill was easily approved. This bill will now provide amnesty to all criminals.

But Afghan people who have suffered terribly in the past 3 decades consider this bill an abuse against them. According to a survey conducted by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission over 80% of Afghan people want to prosecute those responsible for past crimes and brutalities and see it as the only way to experience a bright future in Afghanistan.

Even Mr. Karzai signed this disgusting bill which is regarded as a joke and abuse to the millions of Afghans who have suffered and lost their loved ones and were waiting for the day of justice. Meanwhile the killers forgave their own crimes and live without fear. Such bills officially sanction further brutalities and human rights violations against our defenseless people.

The story of Afghanistan's reconstruction is painful: After 5 years you cannot see any serious reconstruction projects. Billions of dollars of aid has been looted by the warlords, corrupt NGOs, the UN and government officials. Afghanistan still stands 175th out of 177 countries in the UN Human Development Index and the rate of unemployment is over 40%.

The so-called "freedom of speech" in Afghanistan is another joke with our people. Let me describe my own recent experience: In early February this year, during the passage of the infamous bill of amnesty for war criminals in the parliament, I had an interview with a local TV channel; they had interviewed some other people including Sayyaf, who is a wanted criminal and member of the parliament.

The TV station broadcast an advertisement for the program a number of times in which they showed some parts of my interview. After this Sayyaf himself called the TV station and threatened them that if Joya's interview was broadcast the consequences would be dangerous for the director. So they resorted to censorship and excluded me from the program. And this is not the first time that I have been censored in the media. Many journalists are too afraid to report my comments.

Last year the UN announced that Afghanistan under US troops could become a narco-state but today no one has any doubt that it has been changed into a mafia-state when Afghanistan produces 92 per cent of the world's supply of opium. High-ranking officials like ministers and deputy ministers etc. have links to the drugs mafia. And all of it happens under the very noses of the thousands of foreign troops.

A mafia system is in place in Afghanistan. The US backed president Karzai and his westernized intellectuals have joined hands with fundamentalists of all brands to impose this mafia system on our people. This is the main reason for today's problems in the deadlocked Afghanistan. Those who speak for justice are threatened with death.

My voice is always being silenced even inside the parliament and once I was physically attacked by pro-warlord and drug-lord MPs in the parliament just for speaking the truth. One of them even shouted "prostitute, take her and rape her!" Despite hating guns, I need to live under the protection of armed bodyguards to survive.

President Hamid Karzai, instead of relying on people to bring the criminal warlords to trial, appoints these criminals to higher posts. Due to his criminal-fostering policies, the people of Afghanistan hate him as someone equally responsible for the current catastrophe. Even the CIA admitted in its report recently that he has lost the people's support and has no control outside of Kabul.

The Afghan government is the most corrupt and unpopular in the world. In a March 2007 survey conducted by Integrity Watch Afghanistan, it was revealed that about 60 percent of Afghans think the current administration is more corrupt than any other in the past two decades.

It is due to this tragic situation that returning to Afghanistan is still an unattractive option for the 4 million Afghan refugees living in Iran and Pakistan and many more still trying to flee the country.

Dear friends, in 2001 the US government announced that it has learned from its past mistakes of supporting the fundamentalists in Afghanistan and will not repeat them. But the agonizing truth is that the US is committing the same mistakes. It is generously supporting the fundamentalists more than ever.

Besides supporting the bands of the Northern Alliance, underground efforts are going on to include some elements of the Taliban and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in the government. The US included Gulbuddin Hekmatyar on its list of most wanted terrorists, yet his party was allowed to have 34 members in the Afghan parliament, which was elected in an un-democratic and fraudulent election. I have announced a number of times that the US administration has no problem working with pro-American terrorists, but oppose only anti-American terrorists. This is the reason that our people make a mockery of the "war on terror".

I fully agree with Kathy Gannon, an expert in Afghanistan, that "the US is not interested in peace in Afghanistan. The people who killed thousands, who patronized the drug business are in charge of the country."

Dear friends, the US is not concerned with the suffering and disastrous conditions of our people; it is in the US's strategic and economic interests to put our people in danger as long as its own regional interests are met. That is why our people do not consider the US a "liberator" of our country. The US invaded Afghanistan under the name of human rights and democracy but today we are as far from these values as were 5 years ago. However, since 2001 the death toll of innocent civilians as a result of the so-called "war on terror" is five times the number killed in the 9/11 tragedy.

I hope you have realized from the small taste of the problems that I just shared, that my country is still in the chains of bloody and terrorist fundamentalists. The situation in Afghanistan and the conditions of its ill-fated women will never change positively, as long as the warlords are not disarmed and both the pro-US and anti-US terrorists are not removed from the political scene of Afghanistan.

It is a clear and proven fact that no nation can donate liberation to another nation. Liberation is not money to be donated; it should be achieved in a country by the people themselves. The ongoing developments in Afghanistan and Iraq prove this claim. People of other countries only can give us a helping hand and support.

I think that the people of the US can play a great role to put pressure on their policy-makers to stop its wrong policies in Afghanistan and value the wishes of our people. I should say that unlike its government, the people of the US are great, caring and peace-loving, so the democratic-minded elements of Afghanistan can count on your support and solidarity.

The people of the US must help poor Afghan people and its democratic-minded individuals and groups, who are currently defeated and under much pressure. This is the only correct policy that can help Afghan people and guarantee a bright future for us. Unlike the US administration, the true friends of Afghan people must care about the voices of our men and women for justice; they should realize that the existence of fundamentalist groups of any brand as political and military forces, is the main cause of all the problems in Afghanistan. They should know that bringing the Northern Alliance to power was the key to all the disasters that we are experiencing today.

I am well aware of the hardships, challenges, and prospects of death from anti-democratic forces. But I trust my people and enjoy their full support and encouragement. The enemies of my people have weapons, political power and the support of the US government to suppress me. But they can never silence my voice and hide the truth. I am proud to be a beacon of hope for my people and enjoy strong support from them in my mission for democracy and freedom.

Your show of solidarity and support gives me more power and determination to fight the enemies of democracy and humanity in my devastated Afghanistan. You can give me a helping hand by providing moral support and your generous donations so that I can continue and expand my work for the benefit of the desperate and sorrowful women of Afghanistan.

The fundamentalists are counting their days to kill me, but I believe in and follow the noble saying of the freedom-loving Iranian writer Samad Behrangi:

"Death could very easily come now, but I should not be the one to seek it. Of course if I should meet it and that is inevitable, it would not matter. What matters is whether my living or dying has had any effect on the lives of others…"

Thank you.

Malalai Joya is Afghanistan's youngest and most out-spoken parliamentarian. She has openly criticized the US-backed warlords that dominate the Afghan parliament. In return, she has received a continuous stream of death threats. At the age of 28, Malalai has survived 4 assassination attempts. Recently a documentary profiling her, Enemies of Happiness, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Malalai Joya is on a brief US speaking tour. For more information about Malalai Joya, please visit

Resubmitted by Spirit Warrior

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 10, 2007, 8:19 pm
This will give you all that you need to understand the background, the dynamics and to follow links for further research.
While you are at it, please support Malalai Joya by signing every petition and writing letters to the above sources, demanding her amnesty.

Spirit Warrior

Marci Marcel S (326)
Friday July 13, 2007, 9:40 am

Ingeborg K (30)
Saturday July 14, 2007, 4:04 am
These women shouldn't have to kill themselves this way! Or any other way...
Instead, they should be treated with the kind of respect any living being deserves!
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