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Aziza is a 30-year-old housewife with three children.

Bamiyan— I don’t know very much information about human rights. I have heard that there is a human rights organization, a place where people can confer to solve the family problems or other problems. Generally we want organizations to help the violated women, but that organization doesn’t have a good and respectable reputation in society.

Most of the people referred there only wind up facing more problems. We need an organization to create more awareness about human rights for people in order to help them.

There was a family living in our village and the husband in the family was an addict. He was always clobbering his wife and didn’t pay the family’s bills. After a long time, his wife got a divorce. But she was also violated in her father’s home. She was known as a stubborn, unmanageable woman.

My message to all women is this: Please do not be silent. Raise your voice. We should not consider only Kabul but also the provinces and districts.

By Aziza as told to Sharifa

Photo: Canada in Afghanistan/Zakarya Gulistani