Media Impressions

Afghan youth in detention need your help…

You can make a real difference to Afghan youth in detention….

I have just learned from a friend in Mazar-e-Sharif that we have a chance to dramatically improve the lives of juvenile detainees in Balkh, especially the young girls who are often neglected due to lack of funds and the cultural priority given to boys.

News of the women and children in Balkh prison, and prisons around Afghanistan, has already reached an international audience and  sparked improvements, but the juvenile detention centres, so far, seem to have gone unnoticed.

Their stricter rules about publicity makes it difficult to tell the stories of these youth. My contact, and friend, an American prison mentor, was not even permitted to have the girls write letters to me. But let me tell you what I do know…

These young women live on the second floor of a building never intended for use as a detention facility. While the boys on the bottom at least have a courtyard for exercise, the girls must make due with a small balcony. I can’t describe to you how basic the girls’ living conditions are…The simplest of things we take for granted, like soap or shampoo, mean so much to them.

So, to the chance I spoke of…. There is an opportunity for these youth to be moved to a proper facility where the girls will have their own outdoor space, and both boys and girls will have access to education but, with only 1 week to go, this project is short $3000.

I know this is the worst possible time to be asking for financial assistance, but if you, or anyone you know (friend or business), would be willing to help with a donation, you would be dramatically changing the lives, and most probably the futures of these young people, and those to follow.

Any donation you can make here will change lives.

If you can help, or would like more details, please email at or call (+1) 647-965-8141.

Thank you friends!!
All the best for 2012!

Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh, Afghanistan (2009) - A visit to the women's section of the Balkh Prison.



This entry was published on January 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm and is filed under Afghanistan, Aid, Children. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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