Malala Was Inspired by Her Great Leaders

Jan 17, 2012   //   by Hameed   //   Children in Conflict, Human Rights, links, Peace, Women in Conflict  //  No Comments

Malala is a 14-year-old coura­geous Pak­istani who has chal­lenged the local Tal­iban that she’d do the oppo­site of what they’re doing. They destroy schools and Malala who was inspired by her great lead­ers, will spread edu­ca­tion in Pak­istan by set­ting up Malala Edu­ca­tion Foun­da­tion. Read the mul­ti­ple prizes win­ner’s inspir­ing sto­ry here.

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Google Contractor Accused of Vandalizing OpenStreetMap

Jan 17, 2012   //   by Hameed   //   Culture and Tech, Human Rights  //  No Comments

Bust­ed! Some­times, when they try to win the com­pe­ti­tion they com­mit crimes against human­i­ty. Mil­lions of peo­ple use the open source maps of Open Street Map for human­i­tar­i­an projects. For full sto­ry, link here.

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Our Journey to Smile

Jan 11, 2012   //   by Hameed   //   Peace  //  No Comments

Ali, Faiz and Abdu­lai are three young and ener­getic Afghan peace vol­un­teers. They are tak­ing their jour­ney in India this time under, “What would Ghand­hi say to Afghan youth today?” Read what the three young­sters expe­ri­enced for the first time in life: First time on plane First time above clouds First time hav­ing pineap­ples First time on ele­va­tor, trav­e­la­tor First time using stand­ing uri­nal and auto­mat­ic sink-tap First time in a big city that’s green ( Del­hi ) Read full sto­ry here.

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Electricity in Nangarhar

Jan 11, 2012   //   by Hameed   //   Uncategorized  //  2 Comments

There is very lit­tle elec­tric­i­ty gen­er­at­ed by Darun­ta Dam which is divid­ed between the cor­rupt offi­cials and a few hos­pi­tals and gov­ern­ment offices in Jalal­abad. House­holds in Jalal­abad buy elec­tric­i­ty from these expen­sive com­mu­ni­ty gen­er­a­tors: $1.25/KW. Most fam­i­lies do not use heaters or air con­di­tion­ers or any­thing that use a lot of elec­tric­i­ty to save on bills at the end of the month. One gen­er­a­tor pow­ers about 60 house­holds. These are pri­vate busi­ness­es and there are no reg­u­la­tions from the…

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The World from Under my Mom’s Burqa

Jan 10, 2012   //   by Hameed   //   Human Rights, Women in Conflict  //  4 Comments

Hav­ing seen my mom wear a burqa to school and out­side home for sev­er­al years, I want­ed to see how it feels to wear one. I took my mom’s ‘mobile jail’ and put myself in it for a minute. I felt so bored and depressed. Every­thing seemed blur­ry and I had no periph­er­al vision for that one minute. I felt dizzy when I took it off. Then I gave my mom a very long hug to show my sym­pa­thy. The…

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Crowd Sourcing: Reporting and Mapping Incidents

Dec 28, 2011   //   by Hameed   //   Culture and Tech, photos  //  No Comments

Crowd sourc­ing tools and appli­ca­tions that are used to report inci­dents and map them: they can be used in dis­as­ter response and relief, elec­tion mon­i­tor­ing, report­ing human right vio­la­tion inci­dents, cre­at­ing a detailed visu­al report of an orga­ni­za­tion’s projects, etc. Fol­low­ing tools and appli­ca­tions are inte­grat­ed for the above men­tioned tasks: Front­li­neSMS: to col­lect raw data and inci­dent reports Face­book, Twit­ter, E‑mail, phone calls, a GPS for exact loca­tions and oth­er means can be used to col­lect data as well. Ushahidi…

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A T‑shirt in Kabul and a T‑shirt in Islamabad

Dec 26, 2011   //   by Hameed   //   photos  //  No Comments

An Afghan in Kab­ul, Afghanistan wear­ing this T‑shirt that says, “ONLY A DEAD TALIBAN IS A GOOD TALIBAN”. And in the bot­tom it says, “Repub­lic of Afghanistan” in Pash­to. A store in Islam­abad, Pak­istan sell­ing these T‑shirts that have a pho­to of Osama bin Laden and under the pho­to it says, “Well-known” in Eng­lish and in Arabic.

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Signs in Islamabad International Airport

Dec 26, 2011   //   by Hameed   //   photos  //  No Comments

Trans­la­tion: All pil­grims are kind­ly request­ed to pray for the bet­ter­ment of their peo­ple and their nation (Pak­istan). Pak­istani pil­grims wait­ing on a line for their flight to Sau­di Ara­bia Trans­la­tion: “Warn­ing: Smug­gling drugs into Sau­di Ara­bia is death penalty.”

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U.S. Prepares for a Curtailed Relationship With Pakistan

Dec 26, 2011   //   by Hameed   //   links  //  No Comments

Mushahid Hus­sain Sayed, the sec­re­tary gen­er­al of the Pak­istan Mus­lim League‑Q, an oppo­si­tion polit­i­cal par­ty, summed up the anger that he said many har­bored: “We feel like the U.S. treats Pak­istan like a rainy-day girlfriend.””: this is a quote from the New York Times arti­cle. It’s fun­ny that he thinks that the U.S. treats Pak­istan like “a rainy-day girl­friend”. Nobody spends bil­lions of dol­lars on “a rainy-day girl­friend”. Pak­istan, Afghanistan and the U.S. are three coun­tries that have been affected…

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Nangarhar Media Office: Collecting and Disseminating Information

Dec 21, 2011   //   by Hameed   //   Culture and Tech  //  No Comments

Nan­garhar Gov­er­nor’s Media Office uses sim­ple tech­nol­o­gy to gath­er infor­ma­tion and secu­ri­ty updates and to dis­sem­i­nate that, if/when need­ed. Nan­garhar province in the east­ern Afghanistan has 22 dis­tricts and every morn­ing, the media office calls the dis­trict gov­er­nors and get updates on secu­ri­ty sit­u­a­tion in their dis­tricts. They use a notepad to jot down any notes dur­ing their tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion with the dis­trict gov­er­nors. They always check with the provin­cial direc­tor of Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Direc­torate (NDS) to make sure that…

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