Before the war began in Afghanistan, women lived fairly normal lives. They could go shopping, meet friends for coffee, wear makeup, wear western style clothes, drive cars, work, study at university. When the war began their lives became much harder due to the obvious hardship of war. When the Taliban rolled into Kabul, things really went to hell. They drove around the city with a loudspeaker letting everyone know the way it was going to be from then on. They had flyers printed up and delivered everywhere. Heres a bit of what they said:
Attention Women of Afghanistan
You will stay inside your homes at all times. It is not proper for women to wander aimlessly about the streets. If you go outside you must be accompanied by a male relative. If you are caught alone on the street you will be beaten and sent home.
You will not, under any circumstance show your face. You will cover with burqa when outside. If you do not, you will be severely beaten.
Cosmetics are forbidden
Jewellry is forbidden.
You will not wear charming clothes.
You will not speak unless spoken to.
You will not make eye contact with men.
You will not laugh in public. If you do you will be beaten.
You will not paint your nails. If you do you will lose a finger.
Girls are forbidden from attending school. All schools for girls will close immediately.
Women are forbidden from working.
If you are found guilty of adultery you will be stoned to death.
Listen. Listen well. Obey.
Enjoyed this much better than The Kite Runner.