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"Between Life and War: The Struggles of Afghan Women"
For women, the dangers of war go far beyond the violence of combat. In situations of armed conflict, women suffer some of the greatest health and social inequities in the world. Those who are civilian casualties suffer tremendous hardships where they have limited access to proper medical care due to continued violence and a lack of security in their areas. Afghanistan's lack of social development is blamed for the way women are treated, with much of the horror attributed to tradition and religion. A young woman can be sold off to men 3 times their ages to pay off debts, sometimes they can be traded for sheep or even opium. In Taliban infested villages young females are often living without the right to a proper education. They also cope with a variety of atrocities from rape, domestic violence, to forced marriage. The worst case scenario is self-immolation, when women set themselves on fire in an act of utter desperation.
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN -APRIL 1: Young Afghan women cheer as they attend an election campaign rally for Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani in Kabul, April 1, 2014. Afghans will go to the polls to vote on April 5th in Afghanistan's Presidential election. The election is the third presidential poll since the fall of the Taliban.