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Two Decades On, Kabul Residents Seek Justice for War Crimes

By Khan Mohammad Danishju

 

 

 

    

 

During Afghanistan’s bloody civil war of 1992 to 1996, armed factions tore Kabul apart as they struggled to control the capital.

The scale of civilian casualties was massive, and Afghans remember those days as some of the darkest in three decades of warfare.

IWPR spoke to residents who survived fighting and atrocities in the city’s Afshar district, fought over in 1993 by armed fighters from factions including Jamiat-e Islami, Ittihad-e Islami, Hezb-e Islami and Hezb-e Wahdat.

Three hundred people died in a single day and many more were forced from their homes in a campaign of brutality and devastation.

Nineteen years on, Afshar’s residents are calling for a measure of justice.

Khan Mohammad Danishju is an IWPR-trained reporter in Afghanistan.

This radio report, in Dari, was produced under IWPR’s Afghan Witness Project, designed to promote transitional justice.