Afghan Girl Killed In Kandahar: Violence Against Girls Increasing
An Afghan Girl Was Killed in Southern Kandahar While On Her Way Home From Work
The latest death of an Afghan girl while just making her way home work further highlights the growing harassment against women and girls in the Afghan city according to sources located in Kandahar.
This Afghan girl was just leaving her work at the United States managed facility according to BuzzTab, when a sniper hit her and killed her. She was not even 18-years-old and is now one of many casualties of the continued fighting in this region.
While no one has claimed any responsibility for the hit, and police do not know why this particular Afghan girl was targeted, sources are reporting a gradual increase of violence against women and girls in the latest campaign from groups to try and gain control of the city. Most of this harassment is against women and girls who work for United States related industries, or for the United Nations.
The same source states that women who are branching out in to education and jobs and even who are going out shopping are targeted by militant groups, which suggests it is a group that does not want the advancement of Afghan women to go any further. They do not want Afghan women to become too 'westernized'.
The United States military has announced that they are planning a 'major operation' in Kandahar and the presence are the Marines in the area will most likely be doubled.
Civilian deaths in Afghanistan last year mounted to 2412 and mostly were directly or indirectly blamed on foreign forces. This week the US military admitted firing on a civilian bus that resulted in four deaths.
The United States will be increasing their troops to 150,000 to launch an attack against the Taliban.