Jamila is a beautiful woman with porcelain skin, shiny black hair and delicate features she frames with a cream-colored hijab. One day, while we are having lunch together, Jamila tells me to avoid tightly-packed bazaars, because boys and young men like to grab women’s breasts and behinds in dense crowds. “They even do it to me — and I am very old!” she exclaims.
Jamila just turned 36. Life expectancy in Afghanistan is 44 years.