To Darkness

While the Presidential candidates debate over how to fight terrorism in Afghanistan, women in that country face a day-to-day worsening situation, in which they still suffer from domestic violence, are killed in "honor murders," used to pay off debt, denied basic education and health care, and commit suicide to escape a life in which there is little or no reflection of their basic human worth.

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When Denise asked women about their feelings about the burqa, they didn't show much concern. "The burqa is not more than a cover for the pain which lies underneath," she learned. Or, in the words of another woman she met:

We don't care about wearing a burqa. It is our hearts who are not free to breathe. If you open this heart you won't find anything other than blood and tears.

"Traveling in Afghanistan was hard sometimes," Denise says. "I was arrested on several occasions. People suspected that I was a spy or confused me with being an Afghan woman and were very upset."

But despite the difficulties...

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Comments on "Women's oppression in Afghanistan"

Binita P. January 14, 2011 | 4:51 AM

Absolutely Fantastic article.Loved the details. keep up the good work!

Watandar February 26, 2010 | 7:18 AM

Imediate action must find place for those women/girls in afghanistan.. They have suffered enough, and if we don't do anything they will continue suffering because of those animals (taliban) in afghanistan.

Chloe B. November 14, 2008 | 8:31 PM

It's amazing how she took something so terribly sad and found this beauty in it. I'd love to see more of her photography on the site!

Ella October 11, 2008 | 7:25 PM

these photos are amazing!

alisonbills October 06, 2008 | 10:36 AM

I definitely agree. We're glad you've reached out to us with this critical issue, Hilary! We'll look forward to working with you again in the future as you continute to shine the light on other important matters for our SheKnows readers!

wmbrainerd October 03, 2008 | 5:05 AM

Great article. More attention needs to be brought to the horific situation women in Afghanistan are in.

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