When most think of the possible punishments for running away, the worst many of us can imagine is receiving the silent treatment from the person or people abandoned. But for one unfortunate Afghani woman, that punishment entailed nothing short of having her ears and nose lopped off by the Taliban. Thanks to an American humanitarian group, Aesha (the woman featured) can mask her wounds with a prosthetic nose, but the oppressive mark the Taliban has left on many women will be hard for many others to overcome.
Taken in Kabul in October 2012, a staggering one third of individuals living in Afghanistan fall below the poverty line and even more are at risk of falling into it.
Many people see footage of Afghanistan only from news clips on the screens of their TVs. What you don’t see, however, is the natural beauty and splendor that can be found daily in a country seemingly permanently embroiled within struggle.
The photograph above depicts the change in Paghman Gardens — once a popular park on the outskirts of Kabul in Afghanistan — from 1967 to 2007. For more of Afghanistan, check out our fantastic gallery of 1960s Afghanistan!
For the full article, see Prose Before Hos: Perspective On 9/11 And The Invasions Of Iraq & Afghanistan.