“When I was 14, I begged my father not to sell me to the 60-year-old man”

After 10 years, she finally ran away from her abusive husband, out of fear he would rape her daughter. Now she supports her three children, but worries that her husband will find her as he was just released from jail after serving time on a murder charge.

Another girl, married off at 13 to an old man, was forced to beg and when she didn’t bring back enough money was tortured and beaten by her husband’s family. Domestic violence/abuse is the rule in Afghanistan, making it easy to understand why so many girls and women try to kill themselves by self-immolation.