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Where Women Took Shelter From Abuse, Taliban Now In Control

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Razia and her 6-year-old daughter Alia, stand inside the women's section of the Pul-e-Charkhi prison in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. When the Taliban took control of a northern Afghan city of Pul-e-Kumri the operator of the only women's shelter ran away, abandoning 20 women in it. When the Taliban arrived at the shelter the women were given two choices: Return to their abusive families, or go with the Taliban, With nowhere to put the women, the Taliban took them to the abandoned women's section of Afghanistan's notorious Pul-e-Charkhi prison. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

(AP) — The Taliban are trying to figure out, now that they are back in power in Afghanistan, how to handle some of the country’s most vulnerable women — those in shelters.

Over the past 20 years, activists created dozens of shelters around Afghanistan for women fleeing abusive families or husbands or forced early marriages. Even before the Taliban, conservatives viewed shelters with suspicion, believing they help women defy their families or promote immorality.

The hard-line Taliban aren’t sure what to do with them. They have shut down some shelters, allowed others to continue to operate and have taken a few women into their own protection.

 

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