Holes in the veil and fear in the hearts

Shortly after 9/11, America invaded Afghanistan in 2001 citing the plight of women in that country under the Taliban. But in the six years since, how the lot of the Hidden Half improved under the benign gaze of The Great Liberator?

The July/August issue of Mother Jones is featuring a photo essay by Canadian photojournalist Lana Slezic on women in that country. It shows that the burqa is more common than before, that domestic violence is growing, maternal mortality rate is the second highest in the world, and the reality has been hidden from the world with aplomb.

View the photo essay here: The Hidden Half

Photograph courtesy: Lana Slezic/ Mother Jones

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