This past week I finished reading Khaled Hosseini’s beautiful novel titled A Thousand Splendid Suns. In this stunning book, Hosseini brilliantly describes the history of Afghanistan dating back to the Soviet invasion, the rule of the Taliban, as well as a post-Taliban era.
What was most striking to me about the story was the deeply evocative account of the lives of the Afghan people — particularly those of young girls and women. There were a handful of instances when I had to simply put the book down and give myself time to absorb the jarring contrast between being a woman in Afghanistan compared to being a woman born and raised in the United States of America.
The following are some stark facts about what it has been like to be a woman in Afghanistan — a nation consistently rated as one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be born a woman: