Women for Afghan Women, a non-governmental organization based in Fresh Meadows, NY, wants to bring Aisha, the 18-year old woman featured on the cover of Time magazine.
The report in Flushing Times, a local newspaper in Flushing, NY has more details about what happened to Aisha:
Aisha was sold at age 10 by her father to a married Taliban member, who kept her in an animal stable until she was 12, when she got her first menstrual period. At that point, they were officially married and she was beaten regularly by her husband and his family. WAW noted on its website that six months before arriving at the Kabul center, Bibi Aisha was beaten so badly by her husband that she thought she was going to die.
She then ran away to her neighbor’s house, who took her to the police. She spent four months in a women’s prison in Kandahar and then returned to her husband, who left her to die in the mountains after cutting off her nose and ears. Aisha was found by U.S. forces, who kept her in a military clinic for two months until her wounds healed.
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