Zahra, 20, burned herself four years ago. Women are in a subordinate position in Afghan society, where conservative Islamic laws and tribal traditions dictate what they are allowed to do. Forced marriages, domestic violence, poverty, and lack of access to education are said to be some of the main reasons for self-immolation.
Afghanistan has dealt with decades of war - sometimes under attack from other countries and at other times with civil wars. As a result, Afghans suffer from serious traumas and hurt as survivors of war, whether children who have lost parents or single mothers managing for their families after their husbands have been killed. Despite poverty, drug addiction, and lack of education, life goes on in Afghanistan as people continue to try to heal and live with hope.