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Self-immolation among Afghan Women

In the last six months alone, over 250 women have committed suicide in the country (IRIN News, August 21, 2007). Based on the figures given by the Ibn-e Sina Emergency Hospital in Kabul more than 600 incidents of suicide attempts have been referred to this hospital during the past 12 months (Quqnoos, March 26, 2009). Through early October, 75 women arrived with burns, most self-inflicted (in the Herat burn hospital), others only made to look that way. That is up nearly 30 percent from last year (The New York Times, November 8, 2010).

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