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More Afghan Women Turning to Self-Immolation...

Sitting in her family's mud brick home, Shanas recalled the day she set herself on fire.

The 16-year-old doused her legs in petrol and then with a match set the fuel alight.

"The next thing I remember was waking up in the hospital surrounded by my family. That was three or four days later."

From what Shanas says it is unclear what drove her five years ago to take such drastic action.

She may have been unhappy about her engagement during that period.

But what is clear is that her story is one that is repeated across Afghanistan.

Lack of freedoms

Self-immolation among women has the highest recorded levels in Herat province (although many other provinces provide no data on the subject).

Most of the women are in their teens or early 20s and are recently or soon-to-be married.

We want to have the same rights as men

Kandigol, women's rights campaign


Added: Mar-21-2009 
Afghanistan, News, Middle East
Tags: islam, jihad
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