An Afghan man makes Kebab alongside a street in Mazar-i-sharif, Afghanistan.
Political crisis between US-backed central government and provincial governor of Balkh, Atta Mohammad Noor, who is said to be a potential candidate for upcoming presidential elections, has resulted to a frail within the country and northern city of Mazar-i-sharif. Since the conflict remains unsolved, opportunists tend to commit more crimes. Daily robberies have been aroused due to choastic atmosphere in the city. Armed-gunmen gesture on the streets, whilst police is busy announcing their recent achievements, such as arresting an old man with five litres of alcoholic drinks. Random gunfires leave people sleepless and concerned during the nights. However, still Mazar-i-sharif seems to be relatively secure than other parts of the country.
Ongoing inter-governmental conflicts in Afghanistan has eased rise of Taliban and IS. Islamic State militants attacked Save the Children office in south-eastern city of Jalalabad. IS has taken a new strategy in Afghanistan, attacking cities rather than fighting in remote villages. Nonetheless, Save the Children made a statement which reads, “Our primary concern remains to secure the safety of all of our staff. In response to this all of our programmes across Afghanistan have been temporarily suspended and our offices are closed. Afghanistan is one of the most difficult places in the world to be a child and for humanitarian workers to operate in. We remain committed to resuming our operations and lifesaving work as quickly as possible, as soon as we can be assured that it is safe to do so.” regarding the latest attack on their office by IS.