Gunned Down in Kandahar

Safia Ama Jan, the southern provincial head of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs, was gunned down at the front gate of her Kandahar home today by two assassins riding on a motorbike. The Taliban has claimed responsibility. Ama Jan was a forceful proponent for women’s rights in what was once a Taliban stronghold, establishing vocational schools for local women to help them start bakeries and textile businesses. Apparently it was this transgression of Islamic fundamentalist code for which she was murdered.

During the Taliban’s rule, women were forbidden education and employment and could not leave their homes without a male escort. Before the American-led invasion of Afghanistan ousted the Taliban in 2001, Ama Jan ran an underground school for girls from her home. She joins the growing number of victims of a revitalized Taliban insurgency and of the Bush administration’s disastrously short attention span.

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One Comment on “Gunned Down in Kandahar”


  1. […]  The disheartening news out of Afghanistan yesterday that Safia Ama Jan, the southern provincial head of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs, was assassinated reminded me of a study released a few months back that I has lingered in my mind ever since. […]


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