Shadow Summit focusing on Afghan women; CNN reveals one woman's journey
Aesha Mohammadzai's photo on the cover of Time magazine in August 2010 became a symbol of oppression of Afghan women.
May 18th, 2012
04:42 PM ET

Shadow Summit focusing on Afghan women; CNN reveals one woman's journey

In a move to make sure Afghan women’s issues are not forgotten during the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago, Amnesty International USA is hosting on Sunday a Shadow Summit to focus exclusively on the rights of Afghan women and girls.

The summit will culminate with attendees gathering at Chicago’s Navy Pier to fly kites in support of Afghan women’s rights.

The concern of those who will attend the summit is this: What happens to Afghan women and girls after the United States and allied forces move to withdraw in 2014?

The question about what the troop withdrawal will mean for women and girls in war-torn Afghanistan is not new. It was the question posed on the cover of Time magazine in August 2010, next to the photograph of a young woman who became the symbol of the oppression of Afghan women.

The award-winning image was that of Aesha Mohammadzai, then known as Bibi Aisha. Forced into marriage at a young age, her Taliban husband and in-laws punished her for running away by hacking off her nose and ears and leaving her for dead.

She was brought to America for reconstructive surgery in August 2010. But what has happened to Aesha since she arrived nearly two years ago?

Coming Sunday, CNN’s Jessica Ravitz will answer this question in an exclusive story that traces Aesha’s complicated journey.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Illinois • Taliban • World
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  1. banasy©

    Lol. I deserved that, I guess.....was it taken by Umbrage©?

    May 18, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Grass Roots Movement

    Nothing has shed more blood on this earth than wars faught in the name of God, with each Big Religia organized religion teaching God happens to side with where they live on the map, which side of an international border line. (how it was possible for catholics to kill catholics during WWII)

    May 18, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Peace Gesture

    Oftentimes, peace gestures made by political rulers involve ceremoniously adopting a custom from a foreign land...a gesture saying "we'll try it your way" in hopes that they would return the favor in kind.
    Arabs are known for cutting-off the hands of thieves. I say we line-up every Holy Man of ours we ever caught humping a boy, and cut his wee wee off, in hopes that this public gesture might lead to something like women being allowed to drive a car in Saudi Arabia.

    May 18, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ banasy©

    I just couldn't resist that one. It was too good to pass up.

    May 18, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    I know I am not the religious kind of person, but bannishing religion is not the answer either. I think that it is the extremist or fanatical zealots are the ones that are too literal in the deciphering of religion, and take it to the level of insanity. That the love, hope and care of what religion is suppose to be about is twisted to the maniacal fevered pitch, where they hurt and make their twisted views by the twisting of the "word of God" to enable them to practice hate.(Whether it is verbal or physical)

    May 18, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cold Play

      You are exactly right, Scottish Mama. It is the interpretation of the different Holy books that cause such extremism. Crimes done in the name of religious zealotry is the hidden shame of all of the good people. What about the girls mutilated in Africa? The poor woman above is classic in showing exactly what a family's misinterpretation can do...it isn't the religion itself, it is the INTEPRETATION of said religion that these people use to justify their hideous doings.

      May 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Domestic Violence

    No, Scottish Mama. It is about all of the blood spilled in holy wars, with both sides proclaiming a god is on their side.
    It is about the loss of life...the spilling of blood, not feelings hurt by words. Especially words sopken in general, yet offend in the manner of 'if the shoe fits, wear it'.

    May 18, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Athiest

    Who on this blog will deny that they believe God is with the USA. Yet you deny God is with Muslim Nations and their citizens just as Muslims deny your God.
    Both sides must be bannished for there to be peace. If you even leave a root of one of those religions, it will sprout into a bloody big tree again. (duh)

    May 18, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cold Play

      Bannish the religion? Or bannish the books that are the basis of those religions? After all, both sided firmly believe that their God is on their side because of books purportedly written as the word of their God. Everyone insists their version is the true one, and everyone interprets them in their own way. The proof of that interpretation is evidenced in the photo above. This has less to do with domestice violence, although that IS a problem, and more to do with how one interprets what they believe is the true intent of what their God meant.

      May 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Saywhat mention the King David Hotel massacre which of course I had to look up. This lead me to a article that cites some historical facts on past Zionist-Jewish Terrorism, which I am still in the midst of reading. Most shocking discovery of this piece so far was the July 17th 1982 U.S. supplied F-4 and F-5 jets used over Beirut in which Doctors had to pull an unborn baby from it's dead mother. Try this one on for size if that didn't turn your stomach. 1948 The Irgun and Stern Gangs who are considered an Israeli terrorist org. had cut her unborn baby out of her stomach.
    The imagination of humans wickedness is a bottomless pit... never ending in coming up with a more sinister way to carry out the wrath of Satans' madness.

    May 18, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. indianninja

    Forget religion ...USA must ensure that taliban does not return there and women rights is established before leaving...Already much blood is shed...mostly afgan blood....but most afgani dont want taliban to return.USA will have to withdraw...but its the least they can do.

    May 19, 2012 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    @ Mary
    Good morning. Thanks for adding that info. Our much uninformed public lacks true perspective on such issues.

    May 19, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    Now on the subject article. Have we ever looked inwards.
    According to the Center for Prevention of Injury & Control, 600 women are battered, beaten up and assaulted every day by intimate partners in US. And that is only the cases reported.
    According to The women's advocacy group NOW crimes against women & domestic abuse is the highest in the world.
    Look inwards.

    May 19, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. Smoke a Dope

    @ saywhat
    Good morning. 🙂 And thanks to persons such as yourself and Philip for example we all can have a greater understanding.

    May 19, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Superman

    And we are the infidels? My god how could anyone do something like this its very upsetting to think that such people walk the earth and actually get away with this

    May 19, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    Good morning to you too @Smoke a Dope and thanks.

    May 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Holy Books

    No Holy Book says "throw your bible away come wartime and kill members of your own religion", yet, ALL Big Religia religious leaders "interpret" their holy books to say just so. They all claim God is fighting on the side whatever country their chirch is in. ALL with the same MISINTERPRETATION.

    May 19, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cold Play

      I agree. Get rid of the book, abd you get rid of the problem.

      May 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
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