AFGHANISTAN. Kabul Province. Kabul. 1994. People move from one side of the city to another, as violence erupts between different political factions following the collapse of the communist regime.

After the end of Najibullah’s government, all Afghan parties minus Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hezb-e Islami signed a power-sharing agreement called the Peshawar Accord (1992), under which they united into a transitional government charged to lead the country until general elections. ISI-supported Hekmatyar, despite being offered the post of PM, began a bombardment campaign against Kabul in the hope of becoming the sole ruler of Afghanistan. From then, the country rapidly descended into civil war, with different factions all vying for power. Groups were aligned along ethnic, sectarian, political and different foreign power backing lines.

Kabul became the playground between the various factions implicated in the war for four years (1992-1996), until it was captured by the Taliban. Most of the city was controlled by the forces of Ahmad Shah Massoud with Hekmatyar’s and later Dostum’s forces laying siege (Dostum was an ethnic Uzbek warlord and serves currently as the country’s VP). All groups committed numerous atrocities, but Hekmatyar’s and his allies’ were particularly pronounced. He gained the nickname “the Butcher of Kabul”.

More than 30,000 people died in Kabul during the 92-96 period, the vast majority of them civilians.

Photograph: Eric Bouvet/VII Network


Watch: This documentary covers the incredible journal of a woman who is about to become the first Somali-American elected to an American legislature

The series about the true stories of American immigrants is being produced by America Ferrera. A survivor of Somalia’s civil war, Ilhan spent four trying years in a Kenyan refugee camp before moving to the United States with her family at age 12. Her story only gets more inspiring from there.

Gifs: Refinery29/America Ferrera


BEKAA VALLEY, LEBANON: The little Syrian boy sits proudly next to his snowman and smiles for CNN’s Christian Streib. He has no coat, gloves or hat to protect him from the freezing cold, but for a moment he is distracted from the harsh reality of life inside a makeshift refugee camp in Lebanon. We do not know his name, but he is one of 842,000 refugees the U.N. says are spending the winter in Lebanon after fleeing a brutal three-year civil war in Syria.

MYANMAR. Near Coxís Bazar. November 21, 2016. A Rohingya Muslim woman and her son cry after being caught by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) while illegally crossing at a border check point. Thousands of Rohingya refugees have been trying to seek shelter from the Burmese army in neighbouring Bangladesh, only to be turned away. Only a few privileged have been able to cross and flee ethnic cleansing. The Bangladeshi government has declared that it did not have the necessary resources to let them in.

Photograph: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters


SYRIA. Aleppo governorate. Aleppo. November 27, 2016. Pictures provided by the Rumaf, a Syrian Kurdish activist group, which have been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting. People flee rebel-held eastern neighbourhoods to the Sheikh Maqsoud area that is controlled by Kurdish fighters. Syrian state media is reporting that government forces have captured the eastern Aleppo neighbourhood of Sakhour, putting much of the northern part of Aleppo’s besieged rebel-held areas under state control.

Photographs: The Rumaf via AP

Newlyweds Skip Traditional Banquet to Feed Thousands of Refugees

After saying “I do,” most newlyweds pose for pictures, toast with champagne, and sit down to a luxurious meal with family and friends. Instead of being wined and dined, one couple decided to serve meals to those in need.

Enlisting their friends to dole out dinner from food trucks, Turkish couple Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat celebrated their new life together by dining with 4,000 Syrian refugees. And they didn’t just serve the guests—the couple used the money that would have been spent on a traditional banquet dinner to throw a party for a group, The Telegraph reports

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Greece, Idomeni : Children lie on railway track as they hold banners reading “Open the border” during a demonstration near the makeshift camp close to the Greek village of Idomeni by the Greek-Macedonian border where thousands of refugees and migrants are trapped by the Balkan border blockade, on March 12, 2016. Greece aims to deal swiftly with the migrant overflow at the Idomeni refugee camp on the Greek-Macedonian border where some 12,000 people are camping in miserable conditions waiting to cross. Conditions in the camp have worsened since four Balkan countries shut their borders on March 8 and 9, closing off the main route to wealthy northern Europe trodden by hundreds of thousands of migrants in the last two years. / AFP / SAKIS MITROLIDIS                        

Petition: Save Aderonke from death sentence for being lesbian

Aderonke was arrested, tortured, and sentenced to death in Nigeria – because she’s a lesbian. She fled to safety in the UK.

Now, they’re trying to send her back into danger. Aderonke, like dozens of other LGBT asylum-seekers, is stuck in a process that the UK government has already admitted humiliates and abuses them. Read more…