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Afghanistan: Impact of mission on UK forces’ reputation

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 8, 2011

By Caroline Wyatt

British forces became involved in Afghanistan soon after the 9/11 terror attacks in the US in 2001. Few

The Armed Forces' profile and popularity with much of the public have rarely been higher

expected it to last this long.

The Armed Forces’ reputation has paradoxically both suffered and been enhanced by its decade of experience in Afghanistan.

British special forces have more than proved their worth, and British personnel their bravery and willingness to fight, sometimes against overwhelming odds.

But their limits have also been made clear, not least in the size of force the UK has been able to deploy and sustain, or the strains on the RAF’s airbridge – the supply route from the UK to Afghanistan – and its ageing transport fleet, or the lack of enough of the right armoured vehicles or transport helicopters in earlier years.

Tragedies such as the crash of Nimrod XV230, which killed all those on board, focused attention on years of cost-pressures and a culture of “making do”. Questions have also been asked over politicians’ and some of the senior military leadership’s priorities and decisions.

Some commentators have asked whether senior officers and officials should have spoken hard truths unto power at an earlier stage, while others condemn the fitting of a force size to financial limits set down by the Treasury, and a disconnectedness in Whitehall which in turn played out on the ground, despite frequent references to the “comprehensive approach” in Helmand between the military and civilians from the Foreign Office and Department for International Development (DfID).

Rarely has a nation at peace with its neighbours had such battle-hardened young troops, some now returning to Helmand for a third, fourth or fifth tour of duty.

Yet the strains on their families and children back at home have been immense, with some service personnel happy to leave the forces in the current round of redundancies after multiple tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. Read the rest of this entry »

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BANGLADESH: When sexual harassment leads to suicide

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 13, 2010

 

Photo: Matt Crook/IRIN The streets have turned more dangerous for girls; sexual harassment has driven them to drop out of school -- even to suicide

DHAKA, 13 December 2010 (IRIN) – Sexual harassment against girls and women in Bangladesh is turning deadly: 28 women have committed suicide this year and another seven attempted it to escape frequent sexual harassment, says a Dhaka-based human rights organization, Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK).

A father also committed suicide fearing social insult after his daughter was harassed and in other cases, stalkers killed three women, reported the NGO.

According to the Bangladesh National Women Lawyers’ Association, almost 90 percent of girls aged 10-18 years have experienced what is known locally as “eve-teasing”,  where boys intercept girls on the street, and shout obscenities, laugh at them or grab their clothes.

Eve-teasing has escalated ever since girls and women started entering formal education and employment in larger numbers in the 1980s, said Paul Subrata Malakar, from the NGO Plan International, in Dhaka.

Impacts

On 16 November, Sharmin*, a 20-year-old student in Dinanjpur, (400km northwest of Dhaka), was returning home from college when a stalker forcibly held her hand and tried to hug her.

Since then, her parents say, she has stopped going to college.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The World’s Creepiest Places (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 2, 2010


The Himalayan Region – symbol of Peace due to Buddha’s Birth Place.
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