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Nowhere To Turn

This Afghan woman died of self-immolation injuries in a hospital in Nangarhar Province on 18 October 2004 (RAWA)

Self-Immolation In Afghanistan

"Before she committed suicide, my sister always said she hoped she would never return to Afghanistan and experience the closed atmosphere of Herat," an Afghan woman named Virdee told RFE/RL.

At a shelter in Herat Virdee met several women who had attempted to kill themselves through self-immolation. The most tragic case, Virdee says, involved a young pregnant woman who survived despite suffering severe burns over 60 percent of her body....(more)

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