Friday! Portishead- Mysterons


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Hell Is Round The Corner Where I Shelter

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Self-Immolation Still Rising Among Afghan Women

RAWA- More Afghan women are choosing suicide to escape the violence and brutality of their daily lives, says a new human-rights report prepared by Canada’s Foreign Affairs Department. The 2008 annual assessment paints a grim picture of a country where violence against women and girls is common, despite rising public awareness among Afghans and international condemnation. “Self-immolation is being used by increasing numbers of Afghan women to escape their dire circumstances, and women constitute the majority of Afghan suicides,” said the report, completed in November 2009. The document was obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.

RAWA photo essay on self immolation, very disturbing images.

The director of a burn unit at a hospital in the relatively peaceful province of Herat reported that in 2008 more than 80 women tried to kill themselves by setting themselves on fire, many of them in their early 20s. Many of those women died, the report said. The frank evaluation of the plight of women was written against the backdrop of international debate last year over the Afghanistan government’s so-called rape law. The legislation, aimed at courting votes in the minority Shiite community, legalized rape within a marriage. It prompted outrage in Canada and many other countries. The move was an attempt to codify social and religious practises, but the international condemnation forced the government to review the law. It was eventually enacted with some amendments, although the basic tenets remained unchanged.

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