Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Yeah,Laura,Afghani women are so much better off now

Laura Bush just loves to brag about how much good we have done for the Afghani women. She is so full of you-know-what. If you want to know how things are for them, check out all the news on RAWA. Here is a little something to chew on, Laura, dear:

Jalalabad: Unable to scrounge together the $165he needed to repay a loan to buy sheep, Nazir Ahmad made good on his debt by selling his 16-year-old daughter to marry the lender's son.

"He gave me nine sheep," Mr Ahmad said, describing his family's woes since taking the loan. "Because of nine sheep, I gave away my daughter." Seated beside him in the cramped compound, his daughter Malia's eyes filled with tears. She used a black scarf to wipe themaway. Despite advances in women's rights and at least one tribe's move to outlaw the practice, girls are traded like currency in Afghanistan and forced marriages are common. Antiquated tribal laws authorise the practice known as "bad" in the Afghan language Dari ­ and girls are used to settle disputes ranging from debts to murder.

Such exchanges bypass the hefty bride price of a traditional betrothal, which can cost upward of $1,000. Roughly two out of five Afghan marriages are forced, says the country's ministry of women's affairs.

So much for being so much better off. And, they are attacked if they vote, bombed if they try to resist, forced to remain at home rather than attend schools, and end up immolating themselves in ever increasing numbers out of despair.You really do not know your ass from your elbow, do you, Laura.

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