23 March 2015

Farkhunda's murder reveals a nation that has changed

.... what killed Farkhunda was the failure in adequately addressing several fundamental issues, including the culture of violence, a variety of frustrations and post-traumatic problems, a qualitatively inadequate education system, an unchecked religious establishment and an extremely weak rule of law.

Her callous murder will not be the last such incident if Afghan leaders and their international supporters do not reconsider overhauling the education system and seriously applying the rule of law. Farkhunda's murderers must be punished, but the work should not stop there.

Constructing roads, buildings and institutions will not bring Afghanistan back to modernity, peace and stability. Investing in healing its people's deeply rooted psychological wounds would be the right place to start. [Al Jazeera English] Read more