An Afghan woman smiles as she talks with other females at the District Center in Spin Boldak City, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Sep. 18, 2011. She had told members of the U.S. Army Female Engagement Team that the Taliban had left the scars on her neck when they tried to kill her months ago, leaving scars all over her body and killing the seven month-old baby in her womb in addition to her brother and husband. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristina Truluck/Released)
This woman's bravado is awe-inspiring. In the parts of Afghanistan where I operated, it was culturally accepted that women were basically worthless without their husband, brother, and/or son(s). The fact that she's so strong without them is a testament to her strength. I don't know about anyone else, but I believe that she is a wonderful inspiration for anyone going through tough times. If she can overcome something as horrible as this, then I can fight to overcome my issues.
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