Women and children in Afghanistan suffer every day from abuse, poverty, lack of health care and other horrors. But their plight is only heard when the situation is gruesome enough to merit media coverage.
Only 2-percent of taxi drivers in the U-S are women - that’s roughly 220-thousand according to International Women’s Day. In Afghanistan that number drops down to one. NO, not one percent - just one female driver.
This disconnect between Washington's much-advertised support for women's rights and its actual disdain for women was not lost upon canny Afghans. From early on, they recognized that the Americans were hypocrites at heart.
Programs and services to care for and educate vulnerable children need the unanimous support of a government that understands the long-term benefits of doing so.
I visited Maryam when her baby was 2 weeks old. I had been meaning to go sooner, but the steep, icy roads up to her 'house' in Kabul prohibited an earlier visit.
"I don't think there is a civil society in Afghanistan. There are many people from overseas who are working in Afghanistan, but they will leave as soon as there is some turbulence."