Sahar Gul, Face of Afghan Bride Abuse

Diane A Wade
Belle News
January 8, 2012

Sahar Gul, a teenage bride from Afghanistan, who was tortured for months after her arranged marriage, has spoken out for the first time since her rescue, saying she hopes her husband and his family are jailed for her abuse.

15-year-old Sahar Gul became the bruised and bloodied face of women’s rights in Afghanistan after she was rescued in late December when an uncle called police.

Speaking in an interview on Saturday from a hospital in Kabul, Sahar Gul blamed her husband, his parents and his sister for her ordeal.

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Warning: Graphic Images

Afghanistan Stories:
Written at Risk, Edited With Care



Karla Peterson
The San Diego Union-Tribune
May 28, 2011

From her condo in North County, local writer Barbara Field can look into the corners of Afghanistan that don’t always see the light of our news-cycle day.

Like many of us in this military town, Field thought she had absorbed enough images and information to give her a clear mental picture of this war-wrenched country. Then she began hearing from the women who live there, and a whole new universe came into focus.

Field is a volunteer with the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, which pairs women in Afghanistan with female mentors in the United States for online writing workshops.

To read the full article in the San Diego Union-Tribune, click here.

Visit the web site of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, here.

Propaganda or News?


Heela Askarzoi

Time magazine used Aisha’s story to build sympathy for her and Afghan women and to show that they are in need of U.S. troops, which provides the U.S. a solid excuse/reason to stay in Afghanistan. Time magazine lied about Aisha’s mutilation by accusing the cruel act on Taliban. In reality, before Aisha’s photo came out in Time magazine, Aisha’s interview with Ann Jones, author of Kabul in Winter, stated that the abusive act was done by Aisha’s father-in-law and the Taliban were not involved in the act. This account of the abuse against Aisha was also supported by village elders.

The article linked below from the RAWA News further discusses the U.S. troops increasing violence against Afghan women and provides different stories such as the increase of violence against Afghan women that tend to work outside their homes, ongoing violence against Afghan women in the villages, the Shitte Personal Status Law, and the anti-woman bill that passed in Afghanistan.

To read the story in the RAWA News, click here.

INTERVIEW: Ann Jones on “War is Not Over When It’s Over”   September 30, 2010 (Democracy Now!)

An additional article from the Tehran Times that further supports the idea that U.S troops are increasingly violent towards Afghan women can be read here.

Law and Custom Press Afghan Women’s Shelters


Alissa Rubin
The New York Times
February 10, 2011

After her parents threw her out of the house for refusing to marry a 52-year-old widower with five children, Sabra, 18, boarded a bus that dropped her, afraid and confused, in downtown Kabul. She slept in a mosque for days, barely eating, until a woman took pity on her and put her in touch with human rights workers, who escorted her to a women’s shelter.

To read the full story in the The New York Times, click here.

To read additional stories concerning women in Afghanistan, take a look at the links below:

Why is it Getting Worse for Civilians in Afghanistan?   RAWA News  November 30, 2011

Woman to Woman in Afghanistan The Nation, November 15, 2010