Hope hangs in limbo for Afghanistan

Millions of Afghans are facing starvation, displacement, and rising conflicts which is pushing the struggling nation to the deep end. Photo: Canva.

Of: Vedika Jiandani

The aftermath of the political fallout of former President Ashraf Ghani's government has been nothing short of apocalyptic for the people of Afghanistan. The implausible rise of the Taliban after two decades has brought with it immense turmoil and uncertainty for the future of the country.

December 14, 2021, English, Magazine, News article

Withdrawal of development aid could accelerate the humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan

This summer, protests were held around the world against the actions of the outside world during the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan. Photo: Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona. Source: Unsplash.

Of: Julia Azzeddine

During the intensive news reporting on the Taliban regime's takeover of Afghanistan this summer, Sweden's aid authority Sida announced that they will end million payments in aid for development projects in the country. - It will destroy development programs concerning education, health and more, says Anders Fänge, Afghanistan expert and board member of the Swedish Afghanistan Committee.

December 8, 2021, Interview

Week 47: Residence permit for Afghans and criticism of Black Friday

- Black Friday is perhaps the main celebration of overconsumption, write the environmentalists Amanda Palmstierna and Lorentz Tovatt on Aftonbladet Debatt. Photo: Artem Beliaikin. Source: Unsplash.

Of: Sigrid Wernersson and Villemo Warnerfjord

During a week fraught with both a prime ministerial vote and a government crisis, much of the focus on Swedish debate pages has been on domestic policy. Global development issues have been overshadowed, but two themes that have been raised are Afghan residence permits and Black Friday.

November 29, 2021, Current debate

Afghanistan's conflict can only be resolved at the negotiating table

Photo: Canva

Of: Andreas Stefansson

President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that US troops will leave Afghanistan this fall. This marks the end of the United States' longest war in 20 years. But for Afghanistan, the war, which has already claimed tens of thousands of civilian lives, is not over. Now it is more important than ever that a political solution is reached in the conflict, says Andreas Stefansson, Secretary General of the aid organization Swedish Afghanistan Committee.

April 16, 2021, Debate

Climate change is life-threatening for Afghanistan

The population in rural Afghanistan is completely dependent on precipitation, both for agriculture and for drinking water, writes Andreas Stefansson. Pictured are Marzia and Faizullah fetching water for their family. Photo: Bashir Ahmad Fayaz

Of: Andreas Stefansson

The Madrid climate summit, COP25, swept one of the most important issues under the rug. What economic responsibility do the countries that have caused global warming have for countries like Afghanistan - where climate change is already a matter of life or death? Sweden must push harder for a fair global division of responsibilities, writes the Swedish Afghanistan Committee.

January 14, 2020, Debate

Greater threat to press freedom than before

threat to press freedom

Demonstration in memory of the murdered journalist Ján Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kušnírová. Bratislava, March 2018 Photo: Peter Tkac, Flickr

Of: Jennifer Augustsson

The threat to journalists and media workers has increased globally in 2018, according to reports from press freedom organizations. The alarming trend does not seem to be slowing down and there is a call for improvement.

April 26, 2019, Report

"Women are for children, boys are for pleasure"

Bacha bazi, or “boy play” in Dari, is a practice that is synonymous with the sexual exploitation of boys. Photo: US Embassy Kabul, Flickr.

Of: Alexandra Håkansson Schmidt and Lisa Elamson

In 2017 the Afghan government introduced a new Criminal Code explicitly addressing the under-reported issue of bacha bazi. The practice involves older men taking advantage of young boys in vulnerable situations and has increased since the fall of the Taliban regime. Although introducing new laws banning bacha bazi is a welcome move, the issue extends far beyond national laws.

April 10, 2019, English, Long read, Magazine

No peace in Afghanistan without the voices of the people

Street in Afghanistan

The people of Afghanistan must be allowed to take part in the peace work. Otherwise, there will be no pourable peace, the debater writes.

Of: Andreas Stefansson

After almost 40 years of war, peace agreements may be close in Afghanistan. But achieving real peace requires more than a signed paper. Sustainable peace presupposes local anchoring and meaningful inclusion of the civilian population, writes Andreas Stefansson at the Swedish Afghanistan Committee.

March 12, 2019, Debate