From The Front Lines
On the Line With: Gul Meena
Women for Afghan Women: Transforming Lives Every Single Day
In December 2012, the New York Times published a harrowing story about a young Afghan woman, Gul Meena, who had run away with a man who was not her husband only to be savagely attacked with an axe by her brother, according to Afghan police and her neighbors. The man with Gul Meena, presumably her boyfriend, was axed to death. Gul Meena miraculously survived more than 15 blows to the head, face and neck.
This first article tells of the tremendous care Gul Meena received in a Jalalabad hospital, but also the sad story of how many advocates and family members felt that rushing to Gul Meena's hospital bed would be dangerous and stigmatizing since she is believed to be an adulterer.
WAW was the only organization that stepped in to take on all aspects of Gul Meena's care. We flew her to a Kabul hospital and she has been cared for by our compassionate staff in our Halfway House ever since.
In January 2013, a month and a half after Gul Meena arrived in Kabul, another New York Times article tells the amazing story of Gul Meena's progress. She not only survived the brutal attack -- a miracle in itself -- she can walk, wash herself, eat and speak. Her mind has protected her from even more extreme trauma by removing any memory of the attack.
Gul Meena is yet another brave woman whose triumph over brutality demonstrates that progress HAS been made in Afghanistan. WAW remains committed to transforming the lives of individual women and girls like Gul Meena. Organizations like ours that address women's rights and provide shelter and advocacy must be allowed to continue work after the US leaves Afghanistan. It will take global advocacy to ensure this -- and every voice will count.
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