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Act of Faith
2007

Act of Faith

RAWA

AFGHANISTAN

In 1977 a number of women intellectuals established the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) in Kabul. RAWA agitated for a democratically chosen government and sought to advance the rights of Afghan women. During the Soviet occupation RAWA founded schools and hospitals for Afghan refugees in Pakistan. They also provided education for women, to the rage of the Communist occupiers and fundamentalist Islam. Many RAWA members, including its founder Meena Kishwar Kamel, were murdered. In 1981 the movement founded its own magazine, Payam-e-Zam ("Message for Women"). The magazine is still ongoing, just as is their struggle, now that the United States has replaced the Taliban with other fundamentalist warlords. A well-tried instrument in their struggle is the camera hidden under their burka, for filming and photographing abuses involving Afghan women.

  • AFGHANISTAN

    In 1977 a number of women intellectuals established the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) in Kabul. RAWA agitated for a democratically chosen government and sought to advance the rights of Afghan women. During the Soviet occupation RAWA founded schools and hospitals for Afghan refugees in Pakistan. They also provided education for women, to the rage of the Communist occupiers and fundamentalist Islam. Many RAWA members, including its founder Meena Kishwar Kamel, were murdered. In 1981 the movement founded its own magazine, Payam-e-Zam ("Message for Women"). The magazine is still ongoing, just as is their struggle, now that the United States has replaced the Taliban with other fundamentalist warlords. A well-tried instrument in their struggle is the camera hidden under their burka, for filming and photographing abuses involving Afghan women.

  • AFGHANISTAN

    Kabul, November 17, 1999. Zarmeena was executed by the Taliban in Kabul Stadium for allegedly killing her husband. Zarmeena’s children and the family of Zarmeena’s husband were present at the stadium and the children were crying loudly for their mother. Several minutes before the execution, her husband’s family announced to the Taliban that had forgiven Zarmeena. Although Islamic Law allows the family to forgive the killer and stop the execution, in this case the Taliban said it was impossible to stop and proceeded to shoot her.

  • AFGHANISTAN

    Kabul, August 14, 1998. The hard-line Taliban publicly amputated the limbs of two thieves amid shouts of 'God is the greatest' at Kabul Stadium. Thousands of Taliban soldiers and citizens, including women, watched the proceedings. A team of surgeons wearing blue masks chopped off right hands and left feet of the two men convicted of highway robbery. The surgeons amputated the limbs after anesthetizing the convicts and left the severed limbs on the ground for spectators.

  • AFGHANISTAN

    Kabul, August 26, 2001. Using a hidden video camera, RAWA filmed two Taliban from the Religious Police department, also known as Amro bil Mahroof (The Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice), beating a woman because she has dared to remove her burka in public.

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