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Unformatted text preview: Taliban, Osama & Co., and other fundamentalist bands in Afghanistan are creatures of myopic US policies vis--vis the Afghan war of resistance against Soviet aggression. The question then arises, what has happened to women in Afghanistan? Once the Taliban came into power and eliminated the basic human rights of women, people fled in the thousands to neighboring nations. While the men stayed to fight, women went with their children to crowded and unsanitary refugee camps in nations such as Pakistan to live in shanty villages and try to make a living. While many became addicted to drugs as they scrounged for food in the garbage, other turned to prostitution. As the Northern Alliance moved into Afghanistan, rape became a weapon of war, leaving women with no place to turn for sanctuary. Strict fundamentalism brought about the demise of Afghanistan, which is closely associated with the plight of feminism....
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- Spring '11