Friday, July 30, 2010

Afghan Women and the Return of the Taliban

Her name is the same as my wife's. As a father I can't imagine allowing anything like this happen to my daughter. My heart aches for the women over there, their fate hangs on a thread.

The Taliban pounded on the door just before midnight, demanding that Aisha, 18, be punished for running away from her husband's house. Her in-laws treated her like a slave, Aisha pleaded. They beat her. If she hadn't run away, she would have died. Her judge, a local Taliban commander, was unmoved. Aisha's brother-in-law held her down while her husband pulled out a knife. First he sliced off her ears. Then he started on her nose.

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Yet these women are made of stern stuff, one that will not be forgotten, Malalai Kakar A Lieutenant Colonel, she was the head of Kandahar's department of crimes against women. Kakar, who received numerous death threats, was assassinated by the Taliban on September 28, 2008. She was shot dead

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