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A Man’s World – Afghani Widows

April 16, 2009

The Times also has a 7 minute video about the plight of widows in Afghanistan. The strict rules about women appearing in public without a husband or male relative make it virtually impossible for women who have lost their husbands to earn a living or to secure safe housing or food. They are castigated as “whores” (apparently a favorite way for some Afghan men to describe single women) and often beaten. The video isn’t easy to watch, but it is informative and unsettling.

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