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Afghanistan: ‘The truth cannot be killed’

Green Left Weekly (Australia), July 4, 2009

“The situation for women in Afghanistan today is like hell”, Afghan feminist, pro-democracy activist and illegally suspended parliamentarian Malalai Joya told Green Left Weekly.

For Joya, who is currently touring Australia to promote her political autobiography Raising My Voice, it is a familiar situation.

She grew up in refugee camps in Iran and Pakistan. She returned to Afghanistan in 1998 to engage in the extremely dangerous activity of conducting underground classes for girls. Female education was banned by the misogynist Taliban, then in power.

This makes her assessment of Afghanistan today, more than seven years after it was supposedly liberated by the US-led invasion, particularly damning.

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