Sean Carberry http://wkms.org en Afghan Civilians Suffer During Violent Year http://wkms.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 41928 at http://wkms.org Afghan Election Numbers Come With A Warning: Results Not Final http://wkms.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 41888 at http://wkms.org Preliminary Results Show Ghani Winning Afghan Presidency http://wkms.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 41877 at http://wkms.org U.N. Official Calls For Calm In Afghanistan After Claims Of Election Fraud http://wkms.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 41475 at http://wkms.org Afghan Voters Defy Taliban Threat; Vote In Presidential Runoff http://wkms.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 10:52:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 41317 at http://wkms.org Suicide Bomber Targets Afghan Police http://wkms.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 39638 at http://wkms.org Texas Man Becomes Unlikely CFO Of Ragged Kabul Orphanage http://wkms.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 37803 at http://wkms.org Texas Man Becomes Unlikely CFO Of Ragged Kabul Orphanage There And Back Again: One Afghan's Journey To Find Home http://wkms.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 37069 at http://wkms.org There And Back Again: One Afghan's Journey To Find Home Crashing An Afghan Wedding: No Toasts But Lots Of Cheesy Music http://wkms.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 36981 at http://wkms.org Crashing An Afghan Wedding: No Toasts But Lots Of Cheesy Music How Will Afghan Forces Fare As NATO Troops Draw Down? http://wkms.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 36701 at http://wkms.org How Will Afghan Forces Fare As NATO Troops Draw Down?