Nahri Saraj District

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Nahri Saraj District (Pashto: نهر سراج ولسوالۍ‎) (population 166,827), also called Nahre Saraj, is a district in Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan. Its principal municipality is Girishk (population 48,546).

Demography[edit]

The ethnic composition is predominantly Pashtun.[1] At the time of Taliban, Nahri Saraj District was under control of Noorzai tribe.

Location[edit]

Gerishk District sits at the intersection of Highway 1 (the 'Afghan ring-road', based on the old Silk Road and refurbished in the 1960s with US investment) and the Helmand River. A major stopping-point on the trade routes from Pakistan and Iran, Nahri Saraj enjoys the prospect of returning to its historical prosperity, although this is under threat of Taliban resurgence in the region. Route 611 passes through Gerishk District.

Income[edit]

The main source of income is agriculture. The soil is rich and the irrigation systems are in relatively good condition. The irrigation is from the Helamand River, karezes and tube-wells.

Hospitals and Schools[edit]

There is a hospital with both male and female doctors. There are 20 schools in the district, attended by 80% of the children.

Operation Enduring Freedom[edit]

Bismullah appointed to be the transportation director for Ghereskh by the Hamid Karzai administration was sent to Guantanamo Bay, where he was held in extrajudicial detention for seven years.[2] On January 17, 2009, the US Government acknowledged that he had never been an "enemy combatant".

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MRRD District Profile
  2. ^ Carol Rosenberg (2009-01-17). "Six more detainees freed from Guantánamo". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2009-01-18. [dead link] mirror

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 31°49′N 64°33′E / 31.817°N 64.550°E / 31.817; 64.550