In 1979, the USSR (the Soviet Union) took control of the Afghan capital, Kabul, and tried through the
following decade to gain control over the whole country and its people. Extremist groups were always
around but got more popular as they started fighting back during that time. But before that life in
Afghanistan wasn’t a bad place, it was a beautiful and
Record store in Kabul, 1960s
Since war broke out times have changed and they are still facing a large
number of social problems today like woman’s suffrage, the homeless population, orphan children, cruel
punishment, invasion of homes, destruction of the
cities, religious conflict, violence and rape, sex trade...
The list goes on and on.
“The official religion in Afghanistan is Islam, which is
practiced by over 99% of its citizens. As high as 90% of
the population follow Sunni Islam, the remaining are Shias. There are four major ethnic groups in
Afghanistan. Tajiks (with Aimaks), Hazaras and Uzbeks (with Turkmen) with the fourth and largest being
the Pashtuns. The Taliban committed gruesome massacres systematically targeting Hazaras, Tajiks and
Uzbeks. In 1998, the United Nations accused the Taliban of denying emergency food by the UN 's World
Food Programme to 160,000 hungry and starving people (most of whom were Hazaras and Tajiks) "for
political and military reasons". On August 8, 1998 the Taliban launched an attack on Mazar-i Sharif. Once
in control the Taliban began to kill people indiscriminately based on their ethnicity especially Hazaras
and Uzbeks. Men, women and children were hunted by Taliban forces in response to between 1500-
3000 Taliban fighters executed by...
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...able. It would be
a betrayal of the Afghan people and a setback to the government’s commitment to improving and
monitoring human rights.” - Unknown afghan citizen.
Let’s hope that times get better in places like this and we help them instead of bombing their land. The
US fighting the extremist groups tear their county in two and make it no better. We should be putting
are money and time toward education and orphanages and woman’s shelters there not going to war
with the extremist groups because they will always be around maybe with a new name but that it not
going to stop but what can happen is lessen the suffering due to the fighting and not just add on to it. If
we give the children a better environment to grow up in then they will grow up to be better people and
not falling victim to the sex/drug trade or the ideologies of groups like the Taliban.
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