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Afghan Whispers

Afghan Reality says that according to a poll released by WorldPublicOpinion.org, 83 per cent of respondents think things in the country are going in the right direction. The blogger adds:

“Two imporant considerations must be taken into stock: a greater need for labour intensive programs to tackle the ‘opium economy’ in the war-shattered nation and a long-term commitment by the international community to keep these dreams alive.”

Afghan Lord reports that Deputy Interior Ministry on counter narcotics General Mohammad Daud has accused some officials at the Kabul airport of involvement in drug trafficking. The blogger writes:

“In this regards, he address that recently four policemen with 500kg of contraband were arrested in an airport of the country. Eighteen drug smugglers including Nigerian Nationals which were recently detained with drug by police in Kabul Airport”.

Afghan Local Radio is a fascinating blog which contains letters sent to radio stations across the country. Thanks to Agathe Dalisson & John West from Internews I discovered this blog. Afghan Local Radio informs us:

“Contrary to TV and print media, it is nearly accessible to all in terms of cost and coverage. Even the uneducated can switch it on, listen and feel integrated into the new emerging Afghan society. Radio, thus, incites participation and may on the long term be able to create conditions for a more democratic society”.

Some letters are written to inform, some are poems, and some are just stories. One of the letters talks about land mines. The writer is from a distant village where land mines have not been cleared yet. This Afghan writer wants to warn other Afghans about land mines which can be in different shapes such as butterfly or box.

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