Afghan Women Hold Rare Mass Protest

Hundreds of Afghan women gathered for a rare protest today in Kandahar.
The AP has video HERE.
They were visibly(?) upset.

Afghan women clad with burqas leave a gathering for releasing the kidnapped American aid worker in Kandarhar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008. (AP Photo/Allaudddin Khan)

500 women in Afghanistan held a rare protest against the kidnapping of an American aid worker.
USA Today reported:

About 500 Afghan women gathered in a rare mass protest Tuesday against the kidnapping of an American aid worker. The women, many wearing burqas, called on officials to find the captive American and urged the kidnappers to release her.

Officials said they still had not identified any suspects in the kidnapping of Cyd Mizell and her Afghan driver, Abdul Hadi. Gunmen abducted the two Saturday in a residential neighborhood of the southern city of Kandahar.

The demonstration by so many Afghan women in the conservative southern province of Kandahar was a rare display of women’s wishes. The 90-minute meeting was filled with prayers and speeches calling on government leaders to act.

Rona Tareen, director of the Kandahar Women’s Association, urged Mizell’s captives to free her immediately, saying she had helped Kandahar’s women with small business projects.


Afghan women are seen during a gathering for releasing the kidnapped American aid worker in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008.
(AP)

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