Portrait of Miriam
Miriam, 36, lost her husband at the hands of the Taliban in 2000. She found out he was dead when his body was dropped off at their house. About four months later, her eldest son died of an epileptic-like illness. Financially desperate, she and five children weave carpets 17 hours a day for only $50 a month. When her husband and son died, dreams for the future perished too. Her battle to survive today is her gift to her remaining children.
Miriam worries about her daughters marrying into a proper family: daughters without fathers are seen as wild and undesirable in Afghanistan.
Miriam is just one of 50,000 widows in Kabul alone.
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