Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Afghanistan - the Worst Place for Mothers

The long term war and conflict in Afghanistan have left human beings living on this land deprived of their basic rights. Women form about half of the Afghan population. But even in the 21st century they are locked up behind the walls of their homes and are subject to the worst forms of physical and psychological violence.

The problem was more severe in the times of Taliban when women were executed in public just because of coming out of their homes without men. Taliban had banned women education and women were considered the slaves of men. With the ouster of Taliban, much has changed but for the majority of women population everything is the same as they are compelled to obey the laws that resemble the laws of Taliban.

Previously Afghanistan was ranked the worst place for women to live. Yet there is another bad news for Afghanistan's reputation. A non-profit group, Save the Children, released its annual report on Tuesday. In this report Afghanistan has been placed at the bottom of Mothers' Index. This means, Afghanistan is the worst country for a mother to be.

Meanwhile, according to the report, Norway is the best place for moms. The average life expectancy for a Norwegian woman is 83 years; in Afghanistan, it is 45. More than eight in 10 Norwegian women use a modern form of contraception, and only one in 175 lose a child before his or her fifth birthday. In Afghanistan, less than one in six women use modern contraception and one child in five dies before reaching the age of five."At this rate, every mother in Afghanistan is likely to suffer the loss of a child," the report says.

The fact that Afghanistan is the worst place for a mom to be should not be surprising. More than 60% of Afghan population lives below the line of poverty. In a country where majority of the population do not receive enough food to feed themselves, how could infant and mother mortality rates or life expectancy be increased?

Unfortunately over the last ten years, despite the flow of billions of dollars of international aids, the health condition has not improved in Afghanistan. Afghanistan's health sector has completely failed to move towards self-sufficiency in providing basic health services to Afghans. This is regret for the nation and signals the incapability of government.