Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Women's Rights Activist Killed in Afghanistan

Sitara Achikzai, a women's rights activist in Afghanistan, has been killed by the Taliban. Sitara was born in Afghanistan but had lived in exile in Germany for many years. She had returned to Afghanistan with her husband to fight for women's rights in her country.

Taliban militiamen on motorcycles shot Sitara dead outside her home in Kandahar as she returned from work on Monday. The Taliban have carried out similar assasinations on other prominent Afghan women over the past years, including murdering the countries highest-profile female police officer, and they are believed to have been behind the 2006 assassination of the head of the provincial women's affairs department.

Much love and respect goes out to this strong woman.

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