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Targeted violence dismal healthcare and desperate poverty make Afghanistan the worlds most dangerous country in which to be born a woman Lisa Anderson Khaled Hosseinis A Thousand Splendid Suns is both an epic and horrendous account of two young Afghan women Mariam and Laila Blinded by the atrocious tragedies practiced on women in Afghanistan Nana instructs her daughter Mariam that there is only one skill a woman like you and me needs in life And its this tahamul Endure Hosseini 17 Whats more the reader sympathizes with the characters and marvel at how every Afghan story is marked by death and loss and unimaginable grief And yet people find a way to survive to go on 350 Mariam and Laila bear excruciating circumstances and live in a country mangled by political oppression and war For this reason their lives are regulated and controlled they dont have the right to exercise freedoms and they are abused on many levels Hosseini exposes the mutilations imposed on women by men and the marginalized life they lead in Afghanistan Although Hosseinis A Thousand Splendid Suns is a fictional novel his ability to illustrate and identify with the difficulties of Afghan women through their child marriages lack of education and the Taliban laws is achingly accurate and unparalleled The deleterious consequences such as poor health abuse and low literacy are the devastating effects of child marriage which are demonstrated throughout the novel The parlous implications when examining a young wifes health include early death extremely high risks of fistulas and the risk of being infected with sexually transmitted disease Commonly girls are admitted to hospitals shortly after marriage in a state of shock from serious physical injuries- tearing and extensive bleeding- and psychological trauma Life as an Afghan Woman Trust in EducationTrust in Education At age fifteen Mariam is married to Rasheed a forty year old shoemaker and becomes pregnant soon after their union however she sadly loses the
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