The Afghan Girl 2010
Well, I bet I am one of the million of bloggers who've been all doing the same post these days, but hard to resist. This is Sharbat Gula - the famous Afghan Girl featured on National Geographic cover in 1985.
And this is Time's Afghan Girl 2010.
The Taliban pounded on the door just before midnight, demanding that Aisha, 18, be punished for running away from her husband's house. Her in-laws treated her like a slave, Aisha pleaded. They beat her. If she hadn't run away, she would have died. Her judge, a local Taliban commander, was unmoved. Aisha's brother-in-law held her down while her husband pulled out a knife. First he sliced off her ears. Then he started on her nose.
This didn't happen 10 years ago, when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan. It happened last year.
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