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1.26.2012

From Reflections from Afganistan

Many from the West see Afghan women as being oppressed, because they wear a covering.

However, Afghans see the same covering as part of their protection.  It shows they are good women and provides them the protection when they are away from their families.

Families in this country, do limit their women and girls freedom, both in terms of leaving the house and in terms of choices that are available to them, in order to provide protection.

For the record, I am against the practice of head covering, or hijab, in Western countries. In Afganistan, however, girls have had their schools gassed and have had battery acid sprayed onto their faces by strangers. 

It’s dangerous to associate yourself with ‘Western’ ideas, especially if you’re a girl.