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The war widows of Afghanistan

“People in Afghanistan don't see widows as human beings who have rights anymore”

By Jessica Abrahams  

caption. © BBC/Harriet Shawcross

Afghanistan has one of the highest proportions of widows in the world compared with the size of its population. Three decades of conflict—from the Soviet invasion to the war on terror—have left millions of women without husbands, alone in a country that does not treat widows kindly, and where few women are literate or have ever worked outside the home. The average age of an Afghan widow is 35, according to a UN…

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