After the Taliban: life and security in rural Afghanistan by Neamatollah Nojumi

By Neamatollah Nojumi

To entry the maps pointed out during this publication, click on Here.Despite the autumn of the Taliban, Afghanistan continues to be a rustic in dire desire of robust foreign help. in basic terms with an figuring out of the stipulations in either city and rural parts will the overseas neighborhood be capable of provide relief and stay dedicated to long term improvement. This interesting and obviously written ebook mines a wealthy and precise array of knowledge, which used to be amassed in rural parts of Afghanistan via a professional crew of researchers, to research national developments within the courting among human safety and livelihoods. The team's examine and proposals, released the following for the 1st time, recommend that overseas advice or nationwide improvement thoughts that forget about the long term developmental and structural objectives and sideline the reasonable components of Afghan society might be doomed to failure. The authors' deeply educated coverage strategies can assist to concentration extra motion on very important concerns similar to co-optation of reduction by means of armed political teams; water shortage; infection and degradation of our environment; schooling; well-being care; agriculture, farm animals, and land healthiness; and justice. A worthwhile source for college kids, policymakers, donor governments, and nationwide and foreign agencies, After the Taliban opens an extraordinary window into the another way hidden lives of the folks of rural Afghanistan.

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The educated and relatively liberal Herati society chafed under Taliban rule. Women and girls in Herat had enjoyed greater access to education and employment than in other areas of the country, but upon capturing the city the Taliban forces shut down all the schools and decreed that girls were not to study, even within their homes. 6 Ismail Khan returned to power after the Taliban were deposed in 2001 and now controls most government functions in the province. Ismail Khan controls a large number of loyal troops, which outnumber the size of the current Afghan national army.

Many people in Kabul’s rural districts and in nearby provinces seek seasonal or casual employment in the city, shifting rural dynamics and increasing the diversity of rural livelihood strategies. Kabul city is the seat of the government of the Islamic State of Afghanistan. The central government consists of twenty-nine ministries that make 20 Chapter 2 up the Cabinet. The Shura-i-Nizar party, which took control of Kabul following the fall of the Taliban, continues to wield considerable power and retains control of the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs—two of the most powerful ministries.

Rural areas have not experienced this boom to the same extent, and the agricultural sector continues to feel the effects of the drought. Our analysis of 2003 NRVA data show that in 71 percent of districts throughout Herat, the majority (50 percent) of villages in those districts are reporting insecurity due to conflict. The United Nations considers parts of five districts (36 percent of districts within the province) to be insecure (see International versus Rural Afghan Perceptions and Experiences of Insecurity).

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