Life under the rule of Taliban
woman's husband was killed by criminals of Hezb-e-Islami (Islamic Party) of
Gulbudin Hekmatiar after the Islamic groups took power in 1992. Soon after the
murder, the woman's son left home to seek revenge. But his bloody body was
later found and brought home to his mother by strangers.
This widow has three children and sells a local bread (called "nan")
to make a living and to save her family from starvation. Her daughter has also
lost a husband and struggles to feed her own three children. This mother,
while crying, says her son lost a leg to a mine explosion, and he and his
children live with her in the Ali Choopan district of Mazar-e-Sharif. Her son
and his wife bake nan at night, and during the day they sell it. near
the Rowz-e- Mazar or "Shrine."