Every year, more than 100 women across Afghanistan attempt suicide by setting themselves on fire. Girls as young as 17 often choose self immolation after years of physical and mental abuse at the hands of their husbands and in-laws. In a country where more than 50% of marriages are arranged, or forced, many girls and women find themselves trapped in hopeless situations where they are no longer permitted by their husbands to attend school, work, or even leave their homes without being accompanied by a male relative. Dark Flowers was produced with assistance from International Medical Corps and Humanitarian Assistance for Women and Children of Afghanistan, a local NGO. Dark Flowers is currently being used by NGOs and women's associations across Afghanistan to help raise awareness of and prevent domestic violence against women.
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Many thanks to David Belluz