Afghanistan, and its capital city in particular, are facing an environmental crisis that puts millions of lives at risk, and significantly lowers the quality of life of Afghans. Despite the gravity of this crisis—which is estimated to claim far more lives than the current conflict—little is being done.
Kapisa provincial governor on Saturday dismissed reports that a schoolgirl, Anisa, was shot dead by Taliban forces last week for her work as a polio health worker, saying instead that Anisa was a 35-year-old woman who was simply caught in the crossfire of a gunfight.
Mehrabuddin Safi quashed the accounts given by other provincial and school officials of Anisa's death, including the claim that she worked with the polio eradication campaign.
Kishwar Naheed, an Urdu language poet from Pakistan, once wrote:
They who get scared of little girls
They stand so tiny in stature.
When 14-year-old child activist Malala Yousufzai was shot in the head by Taliban insurgents who boarded her school bus and asked for her by name before aiming their weapon at her face, it made a lot of people rather uncomfortable.