AFGHANISTAN: Self-immolation

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| created: 12 Dec 2008

July 28, 2007. Herat, Afghanistan. Herat Regional Hospital recently opened a special ward for self-immolation victims, and receives an average of 6 cases per week. Most of them are between the ages of 13 and 22 and the majority do not survive. Many young Afghan girls are forced to marry men who are much older than them. Often they suffer physical, sexual and psychological abuses at the hands of their husbands and/or his family. Some young women are also sometimes forced into prostitution by...
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