Update from the Swat Valley in Pakistan

After last year's devastating floods and a violent Taliban insurgency, the people of Pakistan's Swat Valley are struggling to rebuild the lives.

Pakistan: Life in a Karachi Shelter

Pakistani women who marry against their family's will often face death threats. Some find refuge in local shelters.

Life in the Swat Valley

Mingora is not only the administrative capital of Swat Valley; it is also the main center of social, cultural and economic activities in the Malakand region.

The CIA's Bad Idea

The CIA launched a fake vaccination campaign while trying to track Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. The scheme could hurt that country’s efforts to eradicate polio.

Face the Truth

Pakistan's political landscape leaves no room for democracy, as voices of dissent are often silenced violently. 51 journalists and two media workers have been killed in Pakistan since 1992.

Orphans Of War: The Innocent Victims Of Pakistan's Swat Offensive

The worn-out burqa covering her from head to toe fails to conceal Rekhmina's sense of loss and uncertainty.

The mother of four has come to the Khpal Kor Foundation, an orphanage located in Swat District's largest city, Mingora, in the belief that it offers the best chance of keeping her children off the streets.

To gain admission for her three daughters and one son, however, she must answer the very question she has spent months trying to answer herself: "Where is your husband?"

The Story Of Neelum From Charbagh

Neelum lost her world when her husband was killed in a suicide bombing outside his shop in the Swat Valley of Pakistan. She doesn't know who to ask about her suffering -- the Taliban or the military.

Is All Well in the Swat Valley?

"The area has been cleared of terrorists" is a common refrain in Pakistani media, but in the Swat Valley, trauma from the conflict between Pakistani security forces and Taliban militants remains.

Volunteer Values

World leaders are counting on volunteers to help attain the Millennium Development Goals. But why then is the volunteer contribution so grossly under-counted?