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Even after their defeat in 2001, the strict Islamic conventions regarding the wearing of Burqa's the Taliban enforced are still around in Afghanistan today.

The sad reality is, that the vibrant red-head in this image will probably be forced into a burqa at the age of 8. Her natural vibrancy will soon be forced into conformity by relatives- fearful for her safety.

We can only hope that this tradition will fade away and that women in Afghanistan will be granted the basic human rights they deserve.

Photo by lakerae.
Words by Alex Smale.

Alex Smale is an NI work experience student in the Adelaide office in Australia. She has a bright future ahead of her.

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  1. #1 Isaythis 17 Jan 09

    Have you ever considered that the Muslim women cover themselves because they are following a law of God, thats why they are muslims they have submitted themselves to the commands of their creator, who knows what is better for them as He created them. This includes covering, and there are guidelines; different cultures might cover differently. now its natural that a child will follow the ways of its family, until they reach an age at which they understand why they are doing what they do, it is up to them to accept or reject, Islam does not force things upon people. at 8 yrs old this child will still be a child, placing a simple cloth over herself is not oppression. if you thought covering was oppressive then its like saying people should walk around without clothes! why should they oppress their little back sides with pants! or tight jeans for that matter! I totally agree women are oppressed all around the world, every nation you will find oppressed women. but to look around and call a person's choice oppression is ridicules! just as we in the non-muslim world dont go around telling each other 'you're wearing a tie! your oppressed '. what right do we have to say that about other people. I think we would do better to focus on other issues that are facing Afghanistan and our own countries like education and well being of people and issues like Gaza, not what we wear, and where we wear it.

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