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CNN looks at transformation of Aesha, mutilated woman - YouTube

She came to the U.S. after the Taliban cut off her nose and ears, but saving Aesha would be very complicated.
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This video goes more in depth about Aesha and her mutilation. She explains how she feels about the whole thing. Her family has taken her in to get her back on her feet and confident. It explains what exactly happened and why. She had arrived in America traumatized. She has a strong support system of women surrounding her, including teachers, therapists, and other volunteers with an organization called women for afghan women.

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Women of Afghanistan Under Taliban Threat
- Photo Essays

Women of Afghanistan Under Taliban Threat <br/> - Photo Essays | A thousand splendid suns - Afghanistan | Scoop.it
Photographer Jodi Bieber wins World Press Photo of the Year 2010 for her TIME magazine cover image of Bibi AishaPhotographs by Jodi Bieber / Institute for TIME
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This is a photo of Aisha, disfigured as a punishment for fleeing her husband in Afghanistan. Under the taliban women are treated poorly and are given severe punishments if they are ever to go against the Taliban, or men in general. I personally think this is disgusting. No one should be disfigured for not wanting to be with a guy. No women should ever be threatened or punished for doing what she wants to do.

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What is the Qur'an?

What is the Qur'an? | A thousand splendid suns - Afghanistan | Scoop.it
What is the Qur'an?
By Anwer Ali.
Preface to the Holy Qur'an.
Published by Tahrike Tarsile Qur'an, Inc.
Short explanation of the role and purpose of the Qur'an.

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The article What is the Qur’an gives you a short summary and description of what exactly the Qur’an is. It’s the equivalent to the Christians Bible and is a way to live by for the Islamic culture. It gives you the commandments of Allah their God and how he wants you to live your life. It’s a code to live by and live for. Each person interprets the words and parables differently but for all of their culture it is inspirational.  It is what has made the poor rich, and the small cities into empires. The people find a source of strength through it’s words and have an almost blind faith to its teachings. It’s not questioned nor ignored, it’s more than just a book to the people who follow it, it’s a way of life. 

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The fear beneath the burka.(the majority of Afghan women are afraid to shed the burka out of fear that the Taliban may return to power)

The fear beneath the burka.(the majority of Afghan women are afraid to shed the burka out of fear that the Taliban may return to power) | A thousand splendid suns - Afghanistan | Scoop.it
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This article is about how women are still having a difficult time moving on from what they have experienced in their past. They have become so comfortable with the Taliban rules that they are nervous to go against them. Women are still following the rules even though they don't have to. Women are still wearing burkas even though they are now allowed to wear veils. The women feel as though if they take off their burka it could start unnessacery fighting. People are doing the best they can to keep Kabul a peaceful place, but there is still alot of violence going on in many areas. One of the reasons Kabul has been so peaceful is because of the British troops. With the British troops withdrawing, who knows how long this peace will last. The safety of women has to do with their country and who it is run by. If the terrorism and fighting takes over Kabul again, it will directly effect women's safety and rights in Kabul.

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The Eye-watering Truth About the Taliban's War on Women - YouTube

The Taliban's War on Women: Taliban violence against women in Afghanistan has never gone away. Disturbing stories of suppression and brutality show a society...
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This video focuses on the truth about how women are treated by the Taliban. It starts off with a couple questions asking about what needs to happen in order to make Afghan safer for the women. First, they say that they need to increase the power of the police force; this is because they don't have the proper equipment to protect the women of the people in general. Once the Taliban determines a women to be guilty they strike immediately, the victim in this video was executed within one hour of her being determined guilty. They have a large crowd watch her be murdered and shoot her numerous times. The executions as you could imagine are not deserving, in this instance they changed a verse in the Koran to fit the “crime” she committed. Thousands of women have been murdered in situations similar to this and it will continue to happen as long as the Taliban holds the power. Even when contacting the government little help is given to the women, they to don’t put a priority on equality for women. They use killings in public to install fear in not just women but the entire population of people. They then visit a women’s prison where some women deserve to be locked up but others not so much. They are put in prison for adultery, which is still an offense in Afghanistan. But, not all is bad, they are taught classes and learn skills in prison, and most importantly are protected from the Taliban. All of these are examples of the “War on Women” that the Taliban has created in Afghan.   

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A Life Revealed - Original Story - National Geographic Magazine

A Life Revealed - Original Story - National Geographic Magazine | A thousand splendid suns - Afghanistan | Scoop.it
Seventeen years after she stared out from the cover of National Geographic, a former Afghan refugee comes face-to-face with the world once more.
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Her eyes captivated the world since she appeared on National Geographic Magazine in 1985. She tells her story to them and reveals what she goes through everyday. I picked this photo because I thought this went well with my book and how women are treated under the Taliban. This is interesting to me because this photo is so famous so people have to somewhat know the story behind it, but nothing has changed. 

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Afghanistan Atlas: Maps and Online Resources | Infoplease.com

Afghanistan Atlas: Maps and Online Resources | Infoplease.com | A thousand splendid suns - Afghanistan | Scoop.it
Map of Afghanistan & articles on flags, geography, history, statistics, disasters current events, and international relations.
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Afghanistan is located in Central Asia and South Asia. The capital is Kabul and is home to about 30 million people. It is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Even though it has numerous rivers and reservoirs, large parts of the country are dry. It is home to a lot of conflict and isn't somewhere where people like to travel to. 

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... while the Afghans await the promised aid; Inside Afghanistan II.(Opinion)

... while the Afghans await the promised aid; Inside Afghanistan II.(Opinion) | A thousand splendid suns - Afghanistan | Scoop.it
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This article is written by the author of my book and starts out with an image of Kabul made by Taliban soldiers. He is trying to figure out the answer to his question "Afghanistan is dying again?" When he interviewed people, they told him all the things that they could do now and how they have less strict of rules. Now that they are living without the Taliban, they found that their conditions improved but not as much as they should have. Yes, the women's modesty rules are less strict and the men can now shave, but they still do not have enough resources to rebuild Afghanistan like they had hoped to. Afghanistan has received millions of dollars in relief money, but where is it all going? They're still women begging on the street for food, people dying of hunger, men that can't support their families. This is all happening while government officials are driving around in their new fancy cars. They are giving more then enough money to get everyone what they need to survive. The Taliban is quickly regrouping and if Afghanistan can't start rebuilding and re educating, then it will be once again taken over by the Taliban.

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Donate to/Sponsor Afghanistan Women Victims of War | Women for Women International

Donate to/Sponsor Afghanistan Women Victims of War | Women for Women International | A thousand splendid suns - Afghanistan | Scoop.it
Help the women of Afghanistan by donating or sponsoring a woman today. You can make the difference in an Afghan woman's life.
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The website I chose is called women for women international. They work in many Middle Eastern regions but mainly in the Afghanistan area. They give Afghan women the tools to escape the Taliban and poverty by teaching them job skills. These include Gem-cutting, Poultry preparing, and vegetable greenhouses. These are all jobs that thrive in Afghanistan and will prove to be an invaluable asset to improving life for these women. This way these women can teach their skills to their daughters who can pass them down until it becomes part of tradition. This is just one step to breaking the cycle of women in Afghanistan lacking importance and a skill set. So far the organization has seen a huge increase in both women making an income and overall health of the women. You can donate to this website and help make a difference as their is a link on their page. All the donations go to funding the teaching of the skills I discussed above, and even more. They also give you the option to sponsor an Afghan sister sending them either money or some sort of relief every month. All in all this website seems to be making a monumental difference in the life of the Afghan women and with support will continue to do so. 

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A Thousand Splendid Suns

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A moving story about two women set in Afghanistan. The book's story illustrates both the second class, serf-like treatment of two women a...
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Mariam lives with her mother, Nana, in a small city in Afghanistan. Mariam has a complicated situation when it comes to her parents. She lives with her stubborn mom who cant stand to see Jalil, Mariam's father. Jalil visits Mariam about once every week, thats Mariam's favorite day of the week, whenever Jalil comes. She wants to live with her father in Herat and see whats his lifestyle is like. One day she goes to visit him but apparently hes not there. The next day she finds out that he was there the whole time and just didn't want her to be inside the house. Already upset, she comes home to find her mother dead. She had committed suicide. After her mothers death, she is forced to live with her father. None of his wives want anything to do with her, she ends up marrying Rasheed, a widowed shoemaker. Their marriage was like any other marriage until Mariam started having miscarriage after miscarriage and Rasheed became violent and abusive. The focus of the book changes to Laila, a young girl who lives down the street from Mariam and Rasheed. Laila and Tariq are best friends. She finds out that both of her brothers that went to war have died and that Tariq and his family and going to Pakistan to be safer. Laila and her family decide to do the same, but while getting ready to leave Afghanistan, a rocket kills both of her parents. Mariam and Rasheed decide to take her in. Since Laila is pregnant with Tariq's kid, she is quick to marry Rasheed and become his second wife which of course creates tension between Mariam and Laila. Laila ends up having a daughter named Aziza. Mariam and Laila bond over Rasheed's abusive ways and become friends. They try to escape but instead get caught and get locked in their rooms for 3 days with no food or water. Mariam ends up killing Rasheed with a shovel. The taliban effects more and more of their daily lives throughout the book. When Laila finds out that Tariq isn't dead after all, they move to Pakistan to create a family. 911 happens and creates even more craziness in the book. At the end Laila ends up having a kid and of course names her Mariam. 

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