After three decades of war, Afghanistan is one of the world's widow capitals. They are ridiculed as prostitutes when they go shopping, and many are unable to rent their own homes.
Women are highly criticized in this country for being widowed and walking the streets alone. We know well enough by now that they are always accompanied by men and to be alone is almost like you are a prostitute or of little worth. What then, when your husband dies and you have no where to go, with no money, and no one to take care of you from harm? These women are left alone, sometimes with children that they have to feed yet they are deprived of jobs and houses. Widows in afghanistan equal up to two million. What happens with all of them? As seen in this video, many end up in shelters while they seem to get back on track. For many it is embarassing to admit that they live in a shelter. The fact that women end up in this predicament in the first place is sad. To not be able to mourn because you are too busy trying to survive is something that no one should have to do. Marriage continues to be the way out of poverty and isolation for these women. The wars have brough heartache and pain to these widows and it seems like the solution is not near at all.
Via Seth Dixon