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South Africans gather at the Union Buildings.

The Death Penalty Isn’t African. It’s a Legacy of Colonialism.

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An Indian soldier watches a British Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter at the United Nations' headquarters in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on May 9, 2000.

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Trump's first address to Congress focused on national security, tax and regulatory reform, the economy, and healthcare. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo - Pool/Getty Images)

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Najibah tried to comfort her daughter Zahra (8) as they both wept over the grave of their husband and father, just south of Kunduz City.

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During the two week takeover of Kunduz City by the Taliban from September 28 - October 12, 43-year-old Baynazar Mohammad Nazar (***First name only to be used because of potential threats to his family***) was shot in crossfire between government forces and Taliban fighters on his way home from where he works as a Chowkidor (unarmed guard) in Kunduz City. He spent the next two and a half days being operated on and recovering in the nearby MSF Kunduz Trauma Center. At around 2AM on Saturday, October 3, however, Baynazar was one of at least thirty patients, patient carers and staff who were killed when a U.S. AC-130 gunship destroyed much of the hospital after receiving a request for air support from Afghan Commandos in the area. Baynazar's family spent ten days searching for him - from Kunduz to Baghlan Province to Mazar-e Sharif and back to Kunduz, eventually being told by a shopkeeper near the hospital that he and 12 others had been taken from the hospital and buried on the edge of the city. He is survived by his wife, Najibah, sons, Samiullah (19) and Mohammad Khalid (6) and daughters Raiana (10) and Zahra (8).

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