The most peaceful place in Kabul Friday, 23 October, 2009Kabul is a chaotic capital, but at the heart of the city is a rebuilt garden where noise and guns don’t permeate. Reporter Alex Helmick takes a walk through maybe the most peaceful place in Kabul.
A place to come home to Thursday, 22 October, 2009Since the fall of the Taliban nearly 5 million people have come back to Afghanistan. Some came voluntarily with high hopes. But as violence grows and poverty continues to plague the nation, fewer and fewer people are electing to return back. Still for both those who came voluntarily and those who had no choice, the International Organization for Migration based in Geneva is building a returnee center that is more than just a roof over a returnee’s head.The center is designed to use colors and sunlight to make the stay as welcoming as possible. For World Radio Switzerland’s special series, WRS in Afghanistan, reporter Alex Helmick checks out progress on the facility and looks at the returnee and refugee situation in Afghanistan.
Regaining a sense of normalcy Wednesday, 21 October, 2009Life in Afghanistan can be difficult and even more so if you are physically disabled. whether it’s from landmines, war or genetic disorders, getting assistance is tough, finding work can be even tougher. But as reporter Alex Helmick found out, the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross is trying to ease that burden with its largest program in Afghanistan.
Aid groups take on violence and winter Tuesday, 20 October, 2009 Violence is spreading throughout Afghanistan as even once peaceful places are experiencing attacks and insecurity. For World Radio Switzerland’s special series on Afghanistan, reporter Alex Helmick explores how some Swiss-based groups are delivering aid in the winter, while dealing with security concerns. But in Afghanistan, things don’t always go as planned as WRS has a trip to one of the countries safest places is diverted because of a security breach.
Danger in the ground Monday, 19 October, 2009Afghanistan is the most heavily mined country in the world. Reporter Alex Helmick takes a trip to several mine fields in both Afghanistan and its neighbor to the north, Tajikistan, where mine removal success has been prominent, to see what lessons can be or need to be learned.