Post via Islamic Emirate Jan 3rd 2018
In 2017, thousands of our innocent countrymen including children, women and men were martyred, crippled and wounded in the blind bombing, brutal night raids, drone strikes and indiscriminate artillery shelling of the savage foreign invaders as well as their internal mercenaries. Civilian houses, shops and local bazaars (market places) were destroyed. Schools, madrassas, educational institutions and public clinics were bombarded and demolished. Similarly, thousands of innocent civilians were incarcerated on the lame excuse of having contacts with Taliban, as they were tortured and agonized both in known and unknown detention centers.
Particularly, with the announcement of new strategy of Donald Trump, indiscriminate bombing and brutal night raids have increased significantly. As acknowledged and confirmed by Pentagon, only in September 2017, the record 715 bombs were dropped on the villages and towns of Afghanistan, while in the first twenty days of last December, 751 air attacks have been carried out. In all these strikes and attacks, heavy losses and casualties were inflicted on the innocent and defenseless civilian people; places of public welfare were destroyed, and huge financial losses were suffered by the already destitute people of Afghanistan.
The substandard conditions of jails and prisoners in 2017:
The savage foreign invaders as well as the stooge Kabul admin, both conduct the detainees contrary to all prisoners and human rights conventions, as prisoners are unceasingly tortured and agonized in various brutal ways, and they are jailed and kept in severely substandard conditions without any trial or formal indictment.
It is unfortunate that human rights societies and organizations have not played their due role in solving the miseries of prisoners, by adopting complete silence despite this cruel and unhuman behavior of authorities. Only in a few cases they have reacted, though very late.
In various parts of the country, the savage foreign invaders and their internal stooge admin have built known and secret detention centers. Bagram, Pul-i-Charkhi, and Kandahar jails are the well-known centers. No national or international law and human rights conventions are respected or observed in all the prisons whether managed by the savage foreign invaders or by their internal stooge authorities. Incessant agonies of prisoners, their mental torture, corruption, poor nutrition, unhygienic atmosphere and lack of adequate doctors and medicines are the common issues of all jails inside Afghanistan.
Particularly, in Bagram jail the prisoners are living in terribly shocking conditions. They are forced to wear a uniform totally against their Islamic and Afghan values and culture. Their meetings with their families are unreasonably delayed and denied for months. They are suffering from mal-nutrition and their food is substandard qualitatively, therefore they are suffering from various diseases. Shortage of doctor and medicines, no possibility of exercise and walking, their verbal abuse by jail security, making noise and resistance in time of prayers, providing no chance of study and positive activity, all these issues depict the miserable prevailing conditions in the notorious Bagram Jail.
It has been clearly stated in the recently published report of the ‘Transparency International’ that the prisoners are inhumanly treated in jails inside Afghanistan, by adding that in the recent past this unhuman conduct has reached its maximum, and the prisoners are not given their internationally established and accepted rights.
This organ has stated by citing the situation in Pul-i-Charkhi, Maidan-Wardak and Baghlan provinces jails that the incarcerated people have no access to hygienic water, food, medicine and other items of basic needs. A number of prisoners whose detention period has elapsed, are still living in jails. The next serious issue is that the number of prisoners is double than the accommodation capacity of these jails, whereas the structures are so substandard that they can collapse or catch fire any time. In general, these jails have turned into the violation centers of human rights and their dignity.
Though all prisoners are suffering from the unhuman and brutal behavior of the savage foreign invaders and their internal stooge authorities, but the case of political prisoners is even worse, where the violation of Geneva conventions and all other human rights agreements is at peak. There are prisoners who are detained for more than a decade but nothing has been proved or provided against them yet, to formally indict them. Most of these prisoners are incarcerated merely on basis of suspicion or accusation and have been detained for years in the dark cells of these notorious jails.
Another big issue is that like all other organs of the puppet regime, corruption is at peak even in their jails, in which a huge mafia of judges, attorneys and lawyers is deeply involved. Verified murderers, thieves and the biggest violators of human rights are set free for money, but helpless and miserable prisoners are kept there for years.
Attacks on educational institutes, madrassas, their teachers and religious scholars in the year 2017:
On Thursday 12th January, a religious madrassa was incinerated by the unrestrained Arbaki militiamen in ‘Khambeel’ area in the suburbs of ‘Faiz Abad’, city, the capital of ‘Badakhshan’ province, in which several copies of the Holy Quran and other text books were burnt to ashes.
On Sunday 15th January, three school teachers and two students were incarcerated by the local mercenary forces in ‘Khan Abad’ district of ‘Kunduz’ province.
On Saturday 25th February, two students was martyred and two other students including a teacher were injured in the random mortar shelling of local stooge forces inside ‘Moulavi Habib-ur-Rahman Lycee’ in the outskirts of ‘Mehtarlam’ city, the capital of ‘Laghman’ province.
On Sunday 26th February, a Mulla Imam (the one who performs congregational prayers) was ruthlessly martyred and several innocent civilian people were detained in a brutal joint raid of the savage foreign invaders and their internal mercenaries in ‘Buz-i-Kandahari’ area near the center of ‘Kunduz’ province.
On Sunday 5th March, a mosque was demolished by bombs and ten civilian countrymen were detained after severely beating them during a raid of local stooge forces in ‘Sardara’ area of ‘Alberz’ district in ‘Balkh’ province.
On Saturday 6th May, two teachers (named Moulavi Amruddin and Qari Bashir Ahmad, both of them teaching in a religious madrassa in ‘Qalat’ area of ‘Wardaj’ district) were first incarcerated and then ruthlessly martyred by the local mercenary forces in ‘Ishkashm’ district of ‘Badakhshan’ province.
On Friday 9th June, a madrassa student was martyred and another one was wounded by the local policemen in ‘Pala’ area of ‘Farah Raod’ district in ‘Farah’ province.
On Saturday 15th July, a local school was demolished in the indiscriminate bombing of the savage foreign invaders near the famous ‘Pamir’ hotel in the center of ‘Kunduz’ province.
On Monday 11th September, two students were ruthlessly martyred and another one was injured by the local notorious Arbaki militiamen in ‘Sher’ area of ‘Qara Bagh’ district in ‘Ghazni’ province.
On Friday 15th September, the religious educational institute of ‘Moulavi Kamaluddin’ was turned into a military post, thus damaging its walls and premises, by the local stooge forces in the center of ‘Barki’ district in ‘Baghlan’ province.
On Friday 15th September, the central lycee (an educational institute of higher secondary school level) in the center of ‘Barki’ district and a middle school in ‘Faloal’ area of this district in ‘Baghlan’ province have been closed for students for the last four month, as local mercenary forces have turned both of them into their military bases.
On Saturday 16th September, a local school teacher (named Jan Mohammad) was ruthlessly martyred and two of his sons were injured by the local unrestrained Arbaki militiamen in ‘Urya Khail’ area of ‘Zurmat’ district in ‘Paktia’ province.
On Sunday 17th September, a well-known religious scholar (named Abdul Hadi Akhunzada) was martyred while his spouse and a son were injured by the local forces of puppet regime in ‘Balai’ area of ‘Deh-i-Yak’ district in ‘Ghazni’ province.
On Wednesday 27th September, two students of a local madrassa were martyred in the indiscriminate mortar shelling of local mercenary forces near the central bazaar of ‘Boom’ district in ‘Badghis’ province.
On Sunday 22nd October, two civilian people (name Hamdullah and Lutfullah Akhunzada) were ruthlessly martyred while ten other persons of this family including children and a woman were taken away as prisoners during a brutal raid of the savage foreign invaders in ‘Tangi’ area of ‘Nawa’ district in ‘Ghazni’ province.
On Sunday 22nd October, three students were martyred while five villagers were injured when a mosque was indiscriminately bombed by the savage foreign invaders in ‘Big Batkhaila’ area between ‘Shajoi’ and ‘Nobahar’ districts in ‘Zabul’ province.
On Sunday 22nd October, a spiritual religious leader (named Qutbuddin Akhunzada) including three other civilian countrymen were ruthlessly martyred while all other members of his family including a woman were taken away as prisoners during a brutal raid of the savage foreign invaders in collaboration with their internal mercenaries in ‘Chadaro Manda’ area of ‘Nawa’ district in ‘Ghazni’ province.
On Friday 17th November, fifteen people including students and local civilians were incarcerated when two madrassa and several homes were searched out during a raid of the savage foreign invaders escorted by their internal mercenary forces in ‘Mullah Aleem’ village in ‘Charkh’ district of ‘Logar’ province.
On Monday 20th November, a religious scholar (named Moulavi Shirindal) was relentlessly martyred while three other civilian people were detained during a raid of the savage foreign invaders in collaboration with their internal mercenaries in ‘Marki Khail’ area of ‘Sherzad’ district in ‘Nangarhar’ province.
On Wednesday 22nd November, the savage foreign invaders and their internal mercenaries raided a religious madrassa in ‘Umar Khail’ district of ‘Maidan Wardak’ province. According to local people, eight young students and Huffaz (those who memorizes the Holy Quran by heart) were gathered by these brutal joint forces. They were arrayed in front of a wall, and then all of them were ruthlessly shot in the heads and were martyred on the spot.
On Sunday 26th November, five civilian people including a religious scholar were martyred and three more civilians were incarcerated by the savage foreign invaders in ‘Ambar’ and ‘Charbagh’ areas of ‘Qarghae’ district in ‘Laghman’ province.
On Tuesday 28th November, four school teachers were arrested and taken away as prisoners by the brutal foreign invaders during a raid in ‘Said Abad’ district in ‘Maidan Wardak’ province.
Attacks on clinics and other public welfare places in 2017:
On Saturday 1st April, a civilian house and a clinic were demolished by bombs, while ten civilian people most of them nomads were ruthlessly martyred during a raid of internal stooge forces in ‘Babajee’ area near the center of ‘Helmand’ province. Civilian losses and casualties in this untoward incident were also confirmed by the respective provincial officials.
On Saturday 8th April, a bridge on a thoroughfare was blasted in bombs by stooge forces headed by commander Sharif near ‘Mehtarlam’ city, the center of ‘Baghlan’ province, under the lame excuse of its being used by Taliban.
On Friday 9th November, a clinic and several civilian shops in a local bazaar were raided by the savage foreign invaders escorged by their internal mercenaries in ‘Janak Khail’ village of ‘Mamozy’ area in ‘Zurmat’ district of ‘Paktia’ province, in which chairs, windows and all other necessary equipment of the clinic were broken and destroyed.
On Saturday 8th December, a local clinic was pillaged by the mercenary soldiers and police force of puppet regime in ‘Tangi’ valley of ‘Said Abad’ district in ‘Maidan Wardak’ province. All medical equipment, medicines, beds, power generator and various other equipment were looted. This clinic was sponsored by the International Committee of Red Cross and was the only health center for treatment of local people, which was plundered and paralyzed by the unrestrained armed forces of the stooge admin.
On Monday 10th December, the savage foreign invaders and their internal mercenary forces raided ‘Noori’ and ‘Koudi’ villages in ‘Said Abad’ district of ‘Maidan Wardak’ province. In this brutal raid, main gates of several civilian houses were blasted; houses were thoroughly searched out; local people were severely beaten up, and a clinic was plundered in ‘Noori’ village by taken away all its medical equipment.
Civilian losses and casualties in 2017:
On Thursday 9th February, twenty six local civilian people most of them women and children were martyred while thirteen others were injured during the heavy and indiscriminate bombing of the savage foreign invaders near the central bazaar of ‘Sangin’ district in ‘Helmand’ province.
On Thursday 2nd March, nine civilian countrymen, two women and two children were martyred during a brutal night air attack of the savage foreign invaders near ‘Algi’ bazaar in ‘Arghandab’ district of ‘Zabul’ province.
On Friday 3rd March, five civilian people including women and children were martyred and 23 others were injured in the indiscriminate attacks of the savage foreign invaders and their internal mercenary forces in ‘Zar Akhunzada Tomb’, ‘Tapa Saadat’, ‘Todanak’, ‘Spanzi’ and ‘Ghat village’ areas in ‘Farah Raod’ district of ‘Farah’ province.
Friday 3rd March was an extremely bloody day for our people. On this day, 68 innocent civilian people were martyred and injured in the indiscriminate bombing and artillery shelling of the savage foreign invaders and their internal mercenary forces in different parts of the country.
On Thursday 9th March, six local chieftains were martyred in a brutal drone strike of the savage foreign invaders in ‘Esa Khail’ area of ‘Chardara’ district in ‘Kunduz’ province.
On Monday 13th March, a funeral ceremony was ruthlessly bombed by the savage foreign invaders in ‘Dara’ area of ‘Urgun’ district in ‘Paktika’ province, in which thirteen civilian people were martyred while five others were injured.
On Wednesday 23rd March, media reported that 200 civilian houses were demolished by bulldozers by the local stooge forces in ‘Kanisk’ area in-between ‘Bala Buluk’ district and the center of ‘Farah’ province. The report added that while demolishing these houses, the local people were even not given the chance to collect and remove their valuables and other necessary stuff.
On Wednesday 29th March, thirty innocent civilian people were martyred and wounded during a ruthless raid and air attacks of the savage foreign invaders in collaboration with their internal mercenaries in ‘Wazir’ area of ‘Khogyani’ district in ‘Nangarhar’ province.
On Friday 7th April, local chieftains gathered and demonstrated in ‘Tareen Kot’ city, the center of ‘Uruzgan’ province against the indiscriminate bombing and artillery shelling of the savage foreign invaders and the mercenary forces of the heterogeneous stooge regime. They told that tens of civilian people including women and children were either martyred or wounded during the previous week in these joint attacks.
On Tuesday 23rd May, twenty innocent people including women and children were martyred while ten more people were wounded in the brutal bombing of internal mercenary forces.
On Monday 10th July, two civilian men and four women were martyred while their homes were destroyed in the indiscriminate bombing of the savage foreign invaders in the outskirts of ‘Tareen Kot’ city, the center of ‘Uruzgan’ province.
On Thursday 13th July, nine civilian countrymen were martyred while twenty five more were wounded during a joint raid of the savage foreign occupying forces and their internal mercenaries in ‘Upper-Darvaishan’ area of ‘Tareen Kot’ city in ‘Uruzgan’ province.
On Monday 24th July, twenty four innocent local people were martyred and wounded during a brutal air attack of the savage foreign occupying forces on a condolence offering ceremony in ‘Haska-Maina’ area in ‘Nangarhar’ province.
On Thursday 10th August, six innocent countrymen were martyred in blind bombing of the savage foreign invaders in ‘Paeen’ village of ‘Haska-Maina’ area in ‘Nangarhar’ province.
On Monday 28th August, forty civilian people most of them women and children were martyred in the brutal and indiscriminate bombing of the savage foreign invaders in ‘Maruf’ village of ‘Bakht Abad’ area in ‘Shindand’ district of ‘Herat’ province.
On Thursday 12th October, media reported while quoting some members of the so called national assembly and some local eye-witnesses that two houses were demolished during a blind air raid of the savage foreign invaders in ‘Guldara’ area of ‘Choki’ district in ‘Kunar’ province, in which fourteen civilian people including women and children were martyred.
On Friday 3rd November, tens of civilian houses were destroyed in the joint air attacks of the savage foreign invaders and their internal mercenary forces in ‘Sarak-i-Bala’ area of ‘Chardara’ district in ‘Kunduz’ province, in which twenty five civilian people were martyred and wounded, while heavy financial losses were inflicted on the local people. The foreign occupying forces denied civilian losses and casualties, but UNAMA office in Kabul confirmed that all casualties of this tragedy were civilian people.
On Thursday 9th November, twenty two civilian people were martyred and wounded while several houses were destroyed and livestock were killed in the indiscriminate bombing of the savage foreign invaders on ‘Nang Bazaar’ and the suburban area in ‘Khak-i-Sofaid’ district of ‘Farah’ province.
Sources: (BBC, Radio Liberty, The Afghan Islamic News Agency; Pazwak, Khabaryal, Larawbar, Nunn.Asia and Benawa websites.)
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a former Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.