Aisha, 18, depicted on the cover above, “was dragged from her home by the Taliban after running away from her husband. Despite her pleas that her in-laws had been abusive, that they treated her like a slave, that she had no choice but to escape, a Taliban commander said that she must be punished, lest other girls in the village try to do the same thing. Aisha’s family members carried out the punishment: her brother-in-law held her down while her husband sliced off her ears and nose, then left her to die. She is now hidden in a secret women’s shelter, where she was taken after receiving care from U.S. forces.” Incredibly, after all these years we’ve been in Afghanistan this sort of thing is still widespread (here.).
Here is another story on this same subject.
UPDATE (Oct 12/2010): Afghan girl gets last laugh on Islamic taliban thugs. Here (Daily Mail).
Related: Here’s a HuffPo take on this Time article.
Related: “Part Oprah, part Hannah Montana, The Mozhdah Show is the latest sensation to hit Afghanistan’s television screens……The audience freezes. Divorce is a taboo subject in Afghanistan, one spoken of in whispers, if spoken of at all. Jamalzadah senses the mood and quickly ad-libs in her trademark no-nonsense style. ‘This is the truth. We should not run away from the truth.’ ” Here.
Related: Taliban hunting informants. Here.
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Related: Should the weather leave Afghanistan? Monsoon floods kill 64 civilians. Here.
Related: What’s happening in Turkey? “Down a glum, dark back alley in Istanbul, I found a sinister sight. In a workshop two stern and bearded men were bent over sheets and patches of very black cloth, their sewing-machines whirring urgently. I was plainly unwelcome and they objected to the very idea of being photographed. I quickly saw why. They were making dark robes and masks for women to wear. They looked to me as if they longed for the day when every woman in sight was clad in their workmanship…” Here.
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