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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Why I went to Afghanistan

The horror of this poor woman's life is best expressed in the Time Article.

It is also the reason I believe in the mission.
There is hope in a place like Afghanistan, during the Taliban regime and the atrocities of the Warlords there is finally a government willing to do the right thing.  It may not be a uncorrupt or an unclean government but it truly is better than what they had before.
Image: Aisha on Time magazine's cover

The father-in-law of a young Afghan woman who said her nose and ears were sliced off to punish her for running away from her violent husband has been arrested, the Afghan Interior Ministry said Wednesday.  The woman, Aisha, gained worldwide attention when she appeared on the Aug. 9 cover of Time magazine.
Afghan law enforcement was not able to reach into the village she fled but local police carried out the arrest when the suspect visited a bazaar,The New York Times reported.  "It would have taken 100 armored vehicles to go in there to that village," the district police chief, Mohammed Gul, said according to the Times.   The BBC identified the suspect as Haji Suleman.  Under orders from a Taliban commander acting as a judge, she was disfigured last year as punishment for fleeing her husband's home, according to Time's story in August and other accounts.  Just 18 years old at the time, Aisha said she ran away to escape her in-laws' beatings and abuse.  Suleman was being held in jail in Uruzgan province.  Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary said Aisha's father-in-law was arrested in southern Afghanistan in recent weeks. It was not immediately clear whether he had been formally charged.  Speaking to the BBC, Suleman said he was "innocent."
Bibi Ayesha in Los Angeles, October 2010

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