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War Widows Call For Justice In Afghanistan

(RFE/RL) August 5, 2007 -- More than 100 widows have called for international help in identifying remains found in the latest mass grave to be uncovered in Afghanistan.

The women gathered outside the UN mission in Kabul where they called for those behind the atrocities to be brought to justice.

The latest grave was found in July some 3 kilometers outside Kabul at the site of weapons bunkers dating back to the 1979-89 Soviet occupation.


Afghanistan's Opium Problem

Afghanistan's Opium Problem
An antidrug billboard in Kabul shows a skeleton hanging from an opium bulb (AFP)

OPIUM FARMING ON THE RISE Despite a nationwide program by the Afghan government to eradicate opium-poppy fields and offer farmers alternative crops, international experts say that the 2006 opium crop was as much as 50 percent larger than the previous year's record crop. Afghanistan also accounted for practically all of the world's illegal opium production.(more)


NATO Struggles With Security, Rebuilding In Southern Province

UN Antidrug Chief Wants NATO To Destroy Opium

Saffron Could Help Wean Farmers Off Opium Poppies

Poppy-Eradication Drive Launched In Western Province

Insurgency Gains Ground As Poppy-Eradication Efforts Struggle


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