Source: Reuters – AlertNet
01 Nov 2010 11:45:00 GMT
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Two female Afghan aid workers have been killed in volatile southern Helmand province, a spokesman for the provincial governor said on Monday.
The pair, who ran a jam production project for women, had been missing for two days before their bullet-riddled bodies were spotted on Sunday in Marjah district, Dawud Ahmadi said.
“We do not know who killed them or why,” Ahmadi said. No one has claimed responsibility for the killings, but Taliban-led insurgents are active in Marjah where the bodies were found.
When they ruled Afghanistan the Taliban severely curtailed women’s rights, barring them from education and most work, ordering them to wear burkhas outside the home and restricting their movement.
In areas now under Taliban influence in the south and east, insurgents have attacked women working outside their homes, and girls seeking education.
Rights activists fear that women risk losing hard-won freedoms if the government pushes ahead with plans to seek a peace deal with the Taliban.
(Reporting by Ismail Sameem, writing by Sayed Salahuddin; Editing by Emma Graham-Harrison and Daniel Magnowski)
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