Fatima, 30 years old, Dasht-e-Barchi “I feel very tired but so happy. I have been pregnant four times before but never had a baby. I never did before because we don’t have money to spend for that. My husband had to work a lot to pay for the medical care.I lost each of them, after three months, four months, and five months. But this time, we really thought it was important and I went three times . Our neighbors told us to come [to the MSF clinic] once the baby came.he teenage poet who uttered this folk poem called herself Rahila Muska. Muska, like many young and rural Afghan women, wasn’t allowed to leave her home.She lived in Helmand, a Taliban stronghold and one of the most restive of Afghanistan’s thirty-four provinces since the U. Fearing that she’d be kidnapped or raped by warlords, her father pulled her out of school after the fifth grade.
Her divorce (1927) was at the time unique in Afghanistan.This memoir, tellingly entitled Escape from Harem, is one of the first written by a Western woman married to a Muslim man.In 1925, Aurora Nilsson was studying art in Berlin; the Golden Twenties was a vibrant period in the history of the city.During the journey, Khan changed, according to Nilsson, from a modern person to a man more and more aware of the Afghan customs the closer they came to his homeland. In Kabul, Nilsson was severely shocked about her new living conditions and was not able to adjust herself to them: she was forced to wear a veil (hijab) and was not allowed to leave the house except with her husband's permission, nor look out of the windows, or to talk when she visited a shop (purdah).She also discovered that her husband had a servant who was in fact his second wife (see Marriage in Islam). Her husband was not given any position, because she had not converted.