A mother dies every 28 minutes of childbirth, making Afghanistan the country with second highest maternal mortality rate in the world, says aid group Womankind. It also says burkas are more common, and honor killings have been on the rise since America’s 2001 invasion.
The aim of America’s invasion of Afghanistan was not only to fight terrorism, but also, as Laura Bush once said to “fight for the rights and dignity of women” (Mother Jones).
Girls attend school at half the rate of boys, and in one year over 40 teachers were murdered by Taliban, reports Mother Jones.
Canadian Photojournalist Lana Šlezić spent two years traveling from the northern area of Mazar-e-Sharif to the southern Afghani region of Kandahar to witness the realities and inform the public.