September 24th, 2009
04:10 PM ET

Afghan women hiding for their lives

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/09/23/afghanistan.women.abuse/art.afghana.jpg caption="Nearly 90 percent of Afghan women suffer from domestic abuse, according to the U.N."]

Atia Abawi

Shameen's brown eyes seem lost as she thinks about the one day she wants to forget, but it is all she can think about.

Still traumatized, she recounts the events that led her to a safe house in Kabul.

She was raped and nearly stabbed to death by her husband just seven days before we met her.

Her lips are quivering and her eyes full of fear.

"He forced himself on me," she said. "All I could do was scream."

She was married off 15 years ago when she was a teenager.

Throughout those years she was tortured and abused, suffering daily beatings with an electrical wire or the metal end of a hammer.

This was her normal life.

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  1. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    It's amazing the submission of Afghan women, within the customs and traditions.
    I'm reading the book 'The Bookseller of Kabul' (Åsne Seierstad) and the book shows the secondary role of women.

    It's sad to think that women are seen as inferior beings, being abused as mentioned in the article.

    September 24, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  2. Ayse_London

    OH MY GOODNESS......

    I have read this story and I feel sick and angry for the senseless pain inflicted on these women and girls.

    Why can't/don't Obama, NATO, the Pentagon, the troops, and the Aid agencies say this is why we're in Afghanistan? No one could then dispute our position there, our role, and our mission.

    Or could they......

    September 24, 2009 at 4:49 pm |