Forsaken: Afghan women

Lana Slezic

Afghanistan may be going through a process of reconstruction but the situation for women, especially outside the major cities, is little better than it was under the Taliban.Afghanistan may be going through a process of reconstruction but the situation for women, especially outside the major cities, is little better than it was under the Taliban. Lana Slezic produced this body of work on women in Afghanistan for the World Press Photo Masterclass in Amsterdam, the theme of which was 'ordinary'. These photographs 'represent a very emotional journey that has allowed me to learn about the lives of Afghan women and girls in an intimate setting,' explains Lana. 'Unfortunately, most of them understand subservience and fear all too well. The theme 'ordinary' is appropriate because it is, sadly, quite ordinary to witness the kind of conditions women are forced to live under in Afghanistan.' These photographs display a sensitivity and at times a beauty, which is unusual and refreshing in the documenting of such blighted lives.

Lana Slezic's Afghan photographs have been brought together in the book 'Forsaken' published by Mets & Schilt.~~Click HERE to view the Multimedia.

 

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      A sex worker wearing pearls and pink nail varnish....

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      Women in burquas shop for clothes at a market.

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      Two girls walk amidst the ruins of the small town...

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      Veiled young girls study at their desks during a...

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      16 year old Lida spends one last day with her family...

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      Sabza Gul (50) in her house. Six years ago she...

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      Young Afghan girls take the opportunity to dress up...

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      A woman from the nomadic Kuchi tribe runs though a...

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      Bibi Aisha is a widow with three children, living at...

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      A woman at Chaman Babrak, a settlement for internally...

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      A man at a refugee camp cradles a photograph of his...

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      A woman injured by a landmine sits at the ICRC...

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      A young Afghan woman hides her face. She stands in...

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      After voting, women in burquas sit down and relax at...

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      A group of young girls sit in a circle to study the...

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      A woman waves from the doorway of a historical...

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      Two daughters of an Afghan widow play outside their...

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      A schoolgirl walks up a flight of steps in the Old...

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      A young girl sits in the shadows in a bakery.

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      Two sisters stand for in their home after their...

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      A patient reaches for a glass of tea at the burns...

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      Women from the nomadic Kuchi tribe stand in a field...

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      Two girls walk to school. They hide their faces with...

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      Young girls play in an old destroyed building built...

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      Portrait of an Afghan woman in a burqa.

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      A sex worker stands behind a curtain in her home to...

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      A woman in a cemetery mourns over the grave of her...

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      11 year old Gulsuma shows the scars on her back as...

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      Zahra (20) attempted suicide at the age of 19 after...

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      Malalai Kakar, the first woman to graduate from the...

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      Two young Afghan girls walk up a flight of stairs in...

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      Portrait of an Afghan woman.

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      A husband ties a rope around the waist of his wife...

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      A women prepares to vote at a polling station at...

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