Sean Carberry http://nhpr.org en Afghan Civilians Suffer During Violent Year http://nhpr.org/post/afghan-civilians-suffer-during-violent-year There is renewed fighting in Kandahar as the outcome of the Afghan presidential election remains uncertain. And a new U.N. report says civilian casualties are up significantly from a year ago. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 51566 at http://nhpr.org Early Vote Tallies Speed The Sparring Between Afghan Candidates http://nhpr.org/post/early-vote-tallies-speed-sparring-between-afghan-candidates Preliminary voting tallies in the Afghan presidential election, released Monday, did little to ease a brewing political crisis. The losing candidate continued to claim fraud, declaring himself the winner instead. Meanwhile, the U.S. is warning of a power grab. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 51550 at http://nhpr.org Afghan Election Numbers Come With A Warning: Results Not Final http://nhpr.org/post/afghan-election-numbers-come-warning-results-not-final Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. Today, Afghans are one step closer to knowing who their next president will be. More than three weeks after voters went to the polls, election officials announced that candidate Ashraf Ghani has a wide lead. But Ghani is not out of the woods yet. The election process now enters an appeals phase that is sure to be contentious before the final results are announced on July 24. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 51477 at http://nhpr.org Preliminary Results Show Ghani Winning Afghan Presidency http://nhpr.org/post/preliminary-results-show-ghani-winning-afghan-presidency Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Preliminary results are out for the run-off in Afghanistan's presidential elections. And the winner seems to be former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani. His opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, was considered the front-runner after winning 45 percent of the vote in the first round back in April. Now Ashraf Ghani appears to be winning with almost a million more votes than Abdullah. NPR's Sean Carberry joins us from Kabul. Good morning.<p>SEAN CARBERRY, BYLINE: Hi, Renee.<p>MONTAGNE: Hi. And there's a little bit of a delay here. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:17:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 51452 at http://nhpr.org U.N. Official Calls For Calm In Afghanistan After Claims Of Election Fraud http://nhpr.org/post/un-official-calls-calm-afghanistan-after-claims-election-fraud Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>In Afghanistan today, supporters of presidential candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, held what they called a national day of protest. They came out to echo Abdullah's charges that last Saturday's presidential run-off vote was rigged against him. Abdullah has since declared that Afghanistan's two electoral commissions are illegitimate and that he will not respect the results that are due early next month. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 21:36:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 50631 at http://nhpr.org Afghan Voters Defy Taliban Threat; Vote In Presidential Runoff http://nhpr.org/post/afghan-voters-defy-taliban-threat-vote-presidential-runoff Afghans went to the polls on Saturday to vote for a successor to Hamid Karzai who's ruled since 2001. Former foreign minister Adbullah Abdullah faced off against former finance minister Ashraf Ghani. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 50279 at http://nhpr.org Suicide Bomber Targets Afghan Police http://nhpr.org/post/suicide-bomber-targets-afghan-police In the Afghan capital Kabul, a suicide bomber wearing a police uniform walked up to a checkpoint outside the headquarters of the Interior Ministry and killed several members of the national police. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:56:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 46067 at http://nhpr.org Taliban Attack On Election HQ Makes Good On Campaign Promise http://nhpr.org/post/taliban-attacks-election-hq-making-good-campaign-promise As officials from Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission were about to announce the closing of several polling stations due to insecurity on Saturday, the Taliban reinforced the message by launching an attack on the IEC headquarters in Kabul.<p>The militant group has been issuing statements for months, saying the April 5 vote for a successor to President Hamid Karzai is a Western-backed sham election and they will stop at nothing to disrupt it by attacking election workers and infrastructure. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:37:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 45845 at http://nhpr.org Taliban Attack On Election HQ Makes Good On Campaign Promise Texas Man Becomes Unlikely CFO Of Ragged Kabul Orphanage http://nhpr.org/post/texas-man-becomes-unlikely-cfo-ragged-kabul-orphanage On Saturday afternoons, sometimes with a coworker or two, Siavash Rahbari drives up a rutted side street in Kabul to visit the Window of Hope orphanage.<p>In the living room, there are a dozen boys and two girls. Some are playing, while others lie around on mats on the floor, clearly suffering from a range of disabilities. Rahbari, a Texan who works at an NGO in Kabul, gives the children a cursory inspection.<p>"A lot of times, when people come and they hang out with the kids, they're kind of shocked about the whole situation," Rahbari says. "But, again, this is Afghanistan. Sat, 04 Jan 2014 17:53:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 41253 at http://nhpr.org Texas Man Becomes Unlikely CFO Of Ragged Kabul Orphanage There And Back Again: One Afghan's Journey To Find Home http://nhpr.org/post/there-and-back-again-one-afghans-journey-find-home In 2000, Auliya Atrafi paid thousands of dollars and risked his life to escape Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. He spent 12 years in England getting educated and becoming a documentary filmmaker.<p>Last year, he gave up life in the West and returned home to southern Helmand province. Now, he's the father of twins and he's working in a rural government office while trying to readjust to life in a conservative society that he finds dysfunctional.<p>Atrafi grew up in a prominent communist family in the rural and undeveloped Nad Ali district of Helmand province. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 08:06:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 39525 at http://nhpr.org There And Back Again: One Afghan's Journey To Find Home Crashing An Afghan Wedding: No Toasts But Lots Of Cheesy Music http://nhpr.org/post/crashing-afghan-wedding-no-toasts-lots-cheesy-music Afghanistan may be one of the world's poorest countries, but weddings are still a big — and expensive — deal. On most weekends, Kabul's glitzy and somewhat garish wedding halls are packed with people celebrating nuptials.<p>One of them is the Uranos Palace complex. On the night I attended my first Afghan wedding, all three of its halls were overflowing. I was one of two foreigners in a room of about 200 men. Sat, 30 Nov 2013 10:38:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 39325 at http://nhpr.org Crashing An Afghan Wedding: No Toasts But Lots Of Cheesy Music How Will Afghan Forces Fare As NATO Troops Draw Down? http://nhpr.org/post/how-will-afghan-forces-fare-nato-troops-draw-down Shiite Muslims gathered in Kabul last week to celebrate Ashura, one of the holiest days on their religious calendar. Hundreds of shirtless men chanted and flogged themselves with chains tipped with knife-like shards of metal.<p>In the past, these public Shiite commemorations have become targets of the Taliban and other Islamist extremists. In 2011, a suicide bomber killed 56 Shiites marking Ashura. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:57:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 38800 at http://nhpr.org How Will Afghan Forces Fare As NATO Troops Draw Down? Afghan Farmers: Opium Is The Only Way To Make A Living http://nhpr.org/post/afghan-farmers-opium-only-way-make-living Lashkar Gah is the capital of the volatile province that alone grows half of Afghanistan's opium poppy. Cultivation here grew by 34 percent over last year.<p>On Fridays, hundreds of men gather at the bazaar along the Helmand River, the lifeblood of this arid province. Vendors sell everything from livestock to boxes of artisanal medicine.<p>There's no sign of poppy here. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:07:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 38501 at http://nhpr.org Afghan Farmers: Opium Is The Only Way To Make A Living Are Afghanistan's Schools Doing As Well As Touted? http://nhpr.org/post/are-afghanistans-schools-doing-well-touted It's one of the most touted "positive statistics" about Afghanistan: Today, there are 10 million Afghans enrolled in school, 40 percent of them female.<p>Under the Taliban, about 1 million boys and almost no girls were attending schools. Western officials routinely point to the revived education system as a sign of success and hope for the future.<p>The international community has spent billions on the construction of schools and programs ranging from teacher training to community-based education in remote villages to book distribution. The U.S. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:56:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 37341 at http://nhpr.org Are Afghanistan's Schools Doing As Well As Touted? As Afghan Presidential Race Begins, Warlords Are Prominent http://nhpr.org/post/warlord-every-ticket-afghan-presidential-race-begins As the war in Afghanistan enters its 13th year, the political and security situation there remains precarious. But the country is hoping to reach a milestone next spring: the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history.<p>And there's no shortage of candidates vying to succeed President Hamid Karzai — who is barred from running for a third term.<p>The short list of serious contenders includes Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf, the long-bearded Islamist warlord who is credited with bringing al-Qaida to Afghanistan. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 07:03:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 36363 at http://nhpr.org As Afghan Presidential Race Begins, Warlords Are Prominent