Working in Kandahar it was interesting but mostly sad to see how these people live. There is a certain morbid but generally accepted dysfunction about the region; self-inflicted by the local nationals that dwell there. I say dwell because it is not living in the sense you might be living your life.
I wondered aloud why one very rarely saw women anywhere –accepted that they would be wearing their grim blue burka. I was told by local Kandahar gentlemen that there is an acceptable reason for this and that the reason is a mohammedans respect for women in general. Also that it would not be safe for them (women) to be outside of their homes as they could be raped or killed. Does anybody else feel a slight contradiction in terms / practice / philosophy coming on?
That a Nation - one of the poorest and certainly one of the most war torn - lives under this ‘code’; this apparently ‘god’ given but certainly Homo sapiens interpreted scripture; saddens me. How is it that an entire population can justify such thinking, will cut your throat, stone you to death, hang you, shoot you, blow you up with a road side bomb etc. in deference to such terrible and not just generally accepted but fundamentally defended delusion, is terrifying.
Whatever you opinion on the ongoing war in Afghanistan the empowerment and emancipation of women in these terrifying and sad regions is their only hope - just don’t hold your breath.
My humble message in very undiplomatic wording to the local Kandahar gentlemen would be thus – ‘Wind your neck in, man up and liberate your womenfolk’.