Two years have passed and Mariam joins Laila in her delight at the arrival of the Taliban to Kabul. Initially started by young men whose families were destroyed by the war with the Soviets, the Taliban grew up on fundamentalist Islam. Slowly, they'd been defeating the Mujahideen in towns and villages, moving from the border of Pakistan toward Kabul. With them, the Taliban leaders have been bringing not only strict Islamic law, but also peace. Rasheed takes Mariam, Laila, and Aziza out to join in the celebration. The women are shocked by the amount of decay and destruction surrounding them as they make their way to Pashtunistan Square to hear one of the young Taliban leaders speak. Next to the leader are the bloated tortured corpses of two men: Najibullah and his brother. The speaker warns the crowd that this is what happens to the unfaithful. The next day, red trucks mounted with loudspeakers proclaiming the new laws pour through the city.
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