Afghanistan’s Neglected Boys

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Everyone knows that Afghanistan is one of world’s worst places to be female. Low literacy rates. High maternal death rates. Large numbers of women across the country live in fear of violence, every day. But what about boys? Fewer people realize that Afghanistan is one place in the world where boys...

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Solar Stoves in Afghanistan

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Starlight is a social business in Afghanistan that began in 2008. Capitalizing on the country’s 300 or so days a year of bright sunshine, the enterprise produces solar-powered stoves which provide a cost-efficient, locally-produced and healthy method of cooking. Additionally, Starlight provides training and employment opportunities for...

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The Hard Truth About Recovery

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The accusation is trafficking, the venue is a Cambodian court, the accused is a Hagar leader. At stake is the custody of a child who needs to stay safe and anonymous. How did it happen? Because, sometimes when a child is a key witness in a trial and the...

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Poverty is Not The Issue

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"Why was she trafficked?" "Because she came from a poor village...." This kind of language seems ubiquitous in the rising conversation about trafficking around the world.  Somehow its becoming acceptable to blame trafficking on poverty and label poverty reduction programmes as prevention measures. I am not a technical expert with a trail of...

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Prison is no place for a child to grow up

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But as Hagar is learning, hundreds of children live with their parents in jail. They have little food, disease runs rampant, sanitation is poor, and opportunities for the future like schooling and work placements are non-existent. That doesn't begin to address the challenges for parents and children in reintegrating into...

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