Friday, 31 July 2009

Afghan MP Malalai Joya - UK Book Tour

Whilst the media focuses on the injuries and deaths of British servicemen and women and demands more troops and more helicopters, it ignores the deaths of Afghan civilians and the corruption and fundamentalism of the government of warlords in Kabul, in whose defence the British Army is fighting and dying.

The UK launch of new book by Malalai Joya, an Afghan politician called "the bravest woman in Afghanistan," is a reminder of the hypocrisy if the war in Afghanistan. Elected as member of the Afghan Parliament from Farah province, Malalai Joya has publicly denounced the presence of what she considers warlords and war criminals in the parliament. She is currently in the UK promoting her book.
"Foreign governments are wasting their money and their blood in Afghanistan by supporting Karzai. After this election, the result will be the same donkey, only with a new saddle."
Today, the United Nations reported a 24% increase in the number of civilian deaths as a result of fighting in Afghanistan compared with the same period last year. Two-thirds of the deaths caused by forces allied to the Karzai government came from Nato air strikes.

"Raising my Voice: The extraordinary story of the Afghan woman who dares to speak out" is available from Newham Books or your own favourite local bookshop. More information here and here.

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