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|Afghan Refugee Women Face New Reign Of Terror|
|01/07/02 at 13:48:26|
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I read this very disturging in islamonline.org
By IOL Correspondent Aamir Latif
LONDON, Jan. 7 (IslamOnline) - War-affected Afghan women residing in refugee camps in Pakistan are facing a new reign of terror designed to violate their right to bear children.
A report by the London-based Population Research Institute (PRI) and a survey conducted by IOL Correspondent confirm that operatives working for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are distributing abortion devices and chemicals, disguised in kits marked for safe delivery in Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan and Iran.
PRI President, Steve Mosher, confirmed this in the report.
Given the great unmet need for food, shelter, water and basic health supplies along with strong opposition to abortion throughout the Islamic world, the UNFPA's Afghan refugee operations are gaining little ground against the intended recipients.
Early reports confirm that war-traumatized refugees, approached by UNFPA workers offering abortion services, wander away quickly. And a few brave refugees, in an attempt to protect their female population and progeny, have confiscated morning-after abortion pills provided by UNFPA.
UNFPA offers nothing but abortion and "family planning" services to Afghan women and their families. Infant and maternal mortality rates rank among the highest in the world in this refugee setting, yet basic life-saving aid from UNFPA is still lacking.
The immediate goal for UNFPA is to break down cultural resistance to abortion and contraception within the refugee camps. Its long-term goal is to establish permanent operations in Afghanistan.
In conjunction with international abortion providers, Marie Stopes and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), UNFPA plans to spend an estimated total of $20 million for abortion services within Afghanistan over the next few years, said the report.
In this way -- establishing permanent operations from a refugee setting -- UNFPA's campaign against Afghan refugees looks very much like its 1999 campaign aimed at Kosovar refugee women.
PRI interviewed several Kosovar women in Pristina, who described the "genocidal" function of UNFPA's abortion services as a "White Plague".
During investigations conducted by IslamOnline, it was discovered that abortions were carried out without adequately informed consent.
War trauma now provides the UNFPA with the opportunity to engage in coercive family planning programs in Afghan refugee camps in Chaman and Torkhum under the guise of women's health.
"My wife had no idea about the tablets provided by the lady doctor [UNFPA Staff]. She was simply suffering from fever", said Alauddin, a middle-aged Afghan refugee, residing in Roghani Refugee Camp near Chaman since 28 September.
This, he said, was not the only case. Scores of cases have so far been revealed that "our" (Afghan women) had been provided family planning medicines without their consent or knowledge.
He said that various complaints had been lodged to the Pakistani authorities in this regard, but, he added, no action had so far been taken to stop "this mess".
No concerned Pakistani official was available at the camp. Local commander of the Pakistani Army, Colonal Sarwar, said he had no information about distribution of family planning medicines and kits among refugee women.
In Washington this week, negotiations on the FY 2002 foreign aid bill ground to a halt because of controversies surrounding the UNFPA, PRI report stated. It added that the bill, totaling more than $15 billion, contains millions for life saving aid for Afghanistan women and children.
Tragically, however, this bill also contains tens of millions for the UNFPA, an organization which promotes coercive abortion and sterilization in China.
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