Peggy Kelsey: Gathering Strength: Conversations with Afghan Women and the Surprising Things I Learned From Them
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Around the first anniversary of 9/11, the U.S. media portrayed Afghan women exclusively as traumatized, sad, helpless-looking victims, asking for support to relieve their suffering. In October of 2002, I was privileged to meet 14 Afghan women who were in Austin, Texas on a State Department tour.
I found them to be very different from the media images. As a photographer who had lived in the Middle East, with connections in Afghanistan, I saw that I could provide a more complete picture of their lives. So I created The Afghan Women's Project and traveled to Afghanistan nine months later, with no idea where my photographs and interviews would lead.
Among the surprising Afghan women I met, were:
Najia, who became assertive at a very young age. There were no men in her family to go to the market, so she did the family shopping. She had to stand up for herself so she would not be cheated.
Siebewal described the horrors she endured during the civil war and surpri
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