Connect with us

Latest News

Bayat Foundation, Starkey launch Sixth Hearing Mission in Afghanistan

Ariana News

Published

 on

(Last Updated On: October 12, 2019)

The Bayat Foundation in cooperation with the Starkey Hearing Foundation have launched the sixth round of hearing mission in Kabul, providing 1,500 hearing sets for deaf and needy hard-hearing people, mostly children.

The most exciting event for around 1,500 deaf people, particularly children, was attended by the chairman of Bayat Foundation Engineer Ehsanollah Bayat, officials from the Starkey foundation, executive director of Bayat Foundation Mrs. Fatima Laya Bayat, the General Director of Independent Administrative Reforms and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC) Ahmad Nader Naderi, and officials from the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), Bayat Foundation, and AWCC.

The founder of Bayat Foundation Engineer Ehsanollah Bayat told Ariana News that nearly 1,500 people will be treated in this round of the mission.

Mr. Bayat added that the Foundation has made all its efforts to assist at least one thousand people who are struggling with hearing loss every year since the start of the program.

He further said that the program aims to cover more people in need in the future.

“Alone we cannot do much but together we can change the world,” an official from the Starkey Foundation said at the event.

At the same event, Nader Naderi, a senior governor official appreciated the initiative by Bayat and Starkey foundations and called on other institutions to consider these foundations as a role-model.

“The initiatives undertaken by the Bayat Foundation in terms of education, health and, especially in providing treatment and hearing aids for children, is among the most humanitarian activities,” Mr. Naderi said.

Sima, a young Afghan girl who received the gift of hearing from the mission last year in Kabul, expressed her gratitude, saying she can hear, speak and be a normal person in the society now.

“In the past, I used to sit in the house and I was not going anywhere because I couldn’t speak. Now, I can go anywhere and I can do anything,” said Sima, a resident of Kabul.

According to the statistics of the Bayat Foundation, about 8,500 deaf, mostly children have received hearing sets by the foundation since 2014 to 2018.

The hearing mission team prepared each patient to receive the most appropriate and effective type of hearing care.

The process of obtaining a hearing aid includes several steps including hearing test, medical clearance, hearing aid fitting, hearing aid dispensing and hearing aid checks.

Bayat Foundation is one of the leading charitable organizations in Afghanistan, assisting destitute families through the country.

It has implemented many projects across the war-torn country including the construction of new facilities and sustainable infrastructure in needy regions, and the promotion of health, education, economic, and cultural programs.

Featured

Prison attack ends but Jalalabad city remains under total lockdown

Ariana News

Published

on

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2020)

Afghan security forces have brought the Jalalabad prison situation under control, but the streets of the city remain empty after a total lockdown was imposed. 

Residents were told earlier Monday to stay indoors and all shops were closed. 

The Afghan Army’s Chief of Staff Gen. Yasin Zia also arrived in the city late morning to lead the operation.

By Monday mid-afternoon the prison situation was under control and five attackers had been killed, officials confirmed. 

However, clearing operations were still underway in a shopping mall opposite the prison which another group of attackers had occupied. 

The gunbattle lasted 20 hours and started on Sunday evening when Daesh militants detonated a car bomb outside the gates of the city’s prison. 

An estimated 1,700 prisoners were being held in the facility at the time of the attack – many of the Daesh fighters. 

During the attack, hundreds of prisoners escaped but droves were rounded up by security forces who were forced to divert manpower to go after the escapees. 

Some prisoners who had been arrested told Ariana News that six attackers entered the prison and ordered them to leave. The prisoners were told that if they did not leave they would be killed by the assailants. 

A security source said that the prisoners who escaped include Taliban members, Daesh militants, and criminals.

The attack started just after 6.30 pm on Sunday night and continued through the night and into Monday. 

Nangarhar governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, meanwhile said the death toll had risen by mid-afternoon to 30 and 50 wounded. 

He said the victims include prisoners, security forces and civilians. 

Zahir Adil, a spokesman for the provincial health directorate, told Ariana News that 13 of those wounded were in a critical condition. 

This attack started just a day after Afghanistan’s intelligence services announced the Afghan special forces had killed a high-ranking Daesh member in an operation in eastern Afghanistan.

A statement late Saturday by the National Directorate of Security said the slain militant was Assadullah Orakzai, an intelligence leader for the IS affiliate (Daesh) in Afghanistan. The statement said he was killed near Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province. IS has its headquarters in the province.

Orakzai was suspected of being involved in several deadly attacks against both military and civilian targets in Afghanistan.

Continue Reading

Featured

Hundreds of prisoners rounded up as Jalalabad prison attack continues

Ariana News

Published

on

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2020)

Almost eighteen hours into the Jalalabad prison attack, Afghan security forces are still trying to bring the situation under control and round up escaped prisoners. 

Officials have said that hundreds of prisoners who escaped during the attack have since been caught. 

Some prisoners who have been arrested told Ariana News that six attackers entered the prison and ordered them to leave. The prisoners were told that if they did not leave they would be killed by the assailants. 

A security source said that the prisoners who escaped include Taliban members, Daesh militants, and criminals.

The attack started just after 6.30 pm on Sunday night and has continued through the night and Monday morning. 

Daesh, which claimed responsibility, detonated a car bomb outside the prison on Sunday evening, blowing the gate open. Militants then stormed the facility.

In the ensuing gun battle, hundreds of prisoners escaped. 

It is believed, however, that Daesh militants took control of two prison towers earlier and that some prisoners have taken up arms and are fighting alongside the attackers. However, there has been no official confirmation of these reports. 

Nangarhar governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, meanwhile said the death toll has risen to 21 and 43 wounded. 

He said the victims include prisoners, security forces, and civilians. 

Zahir Adil, a spokesman for the provincial health directorate, told Ariana News that 13 of those wounded are in a critical condition. 

This attack started just a day after Afghanistan’s intelligence services announced the Afghan special forces had killed a high-ranking Daesh member in an operation in eastern Afghanistan.

A statement late Saturday by the National Directorate of Security said the slain militant was Assadullah Orakzai, an intelligence leader for the IS affiliate (Daesh) in Afghanistan. The statement said he was killed near Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province. IS has its headquarters in the province.

Orakzai was suspected of being involved in several deadly attacks against both military and civilian targets in Afghanistan.

Continue Reading

Featured

Iran arrests pro-Taliban Afghans who waved group’s flag in park

Ariana News

Published

on

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2020)

Iranian authorities have arrested a group of Afghans who waved a flag in celebration of Eid al-Adha in a park in Tehran.

MENAFM reported that Iranian intelligence and police officials confirmed to local media outlets that the security forces arrested the group during an operation.

The officials also said that the individuals were arrested in connection with the publication of the pictures of the Taliban flag which they had taken in Mellat Park in Tehran.

The suspects are in police custody and an investigation is underway, officials told MENAFM.

The Iranian authorities reportedly acted to detain the Taliban supporters after the images shocked Iranians on social media.

This move comes after comments were made recently by some of Afghanistan’s Western allies that Iran was not doing enough to support the peace process.

However, Iran has been quick to reject these claims. 

On Saturday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani described peace in Afghanistan as peace and stability for the entire region.

He told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in a telephone conversation that Iran had always stood by the people and government of Afghanistan with regards to peace and stability. 

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to always deepen relations with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan based on historical and cultural common grounds and strengthening these relations by taking advantage of economic, trade and transit capacity between the two countries,” he said.

Continue Reading

Trending