Mohammad Jan Rasolyaar, deputy governor of Helmand province, took an unusual step over the weekend to ask President Ashraf Ghani for help in an open letter on Facebook.
He said he had no other options left to deliver his message and explain the real situation in Helmand to the President but to turn to Facebook.
Rasolyaar said people around the President didn't want him to know about the reality on the ground there.
He warned that all Helmand province could fall to the Taliban if the President didn't take any action to save it.
"At least 90 Afghan soldiers killed in recent fighting" - caption for beeb photo of Taliban fighters