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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