Qudsia Zohab, member of the Ethnography Department at the Afghan National Museum is single and a student studying literature at Kabul University. In the background is Shirazeden Saifi, Director of Restoration.
Qudsia says: “The Taliban time was the black period of Afghanistan. It was a jail. I remember the burkha, it was heavy and suffocating. You can only see straight ahead and wearing it made you feel ashamed. One of our relatives didn’t wear the burkha, she was consequently beaten so badly (by the Taliban) that two days later she died - a young woman of only thirty-two. Many women wear burkhas because they are still under the control of their husbands but some because they don’t have to think about what clothes or make-up to wear!