Sisters’ Suicide Shatters Afghanistan

    An Afghan woman walks at the Rawz-e Sharif shrine in northern Mazar-e Sharif city in Balkh province on July 16, 2010. Also known as the Blue Mosque, it is one of the reputed burial places of Hazrat Ali and gives the city Mazar-e Sharif (meaning "Tomb of the Exalted") its name.   AFP PHOTO/Massoud HOSSAINI (Photo credit should read MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Rawz-e Sharif shrine in northern Mazar-e Sharif city in Balkh province, Afghanistan. (Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty)

    The tragic double suicide of young sisters has come to symbolize the increasingly hostile world that many Afghanistan women are forced to live in. After Nabila Gul, 17, fell in love with a younger man “outside [her] families’ channels,” her sister Fareba, 25, became alarmed and insisted she cut ties. In a desperate attempt to prove to her family how much she loved the boy, Nabila went to the holy steps of the Hazrat Ali shrine and attempted to eat “just enough rat poison to scare her family.” She took more than enough. Overcome with guilt, her sister copied. The November deaths shattered the community of Mazar-e Sharif, and Afghanistan as a whole. While the government claims it collects no data on such incidents, the main hospital in the city says suicide attempts are soaring.

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