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  •  We aren't going to leave Afghanistan (0+ / 0-)

    in a much different state now than it was in then.

    The BBC aired a report this morning about a little girl aged six who was being sold to pay off a family's debt.  The government says it is illegal, but the tribal leaders gave the father their "OK" so...  

    Apparently, she will be handed over to the old guy with the scraggly beard and mustache in about a year if the father can't come up with the money.

    And... Then there is the possibility that this is a scam to get people to send the family money - so don't immediately go whipping out your checkbooks, people.  

    In a nutshell in this story above, the layers upon layers of cultural, religious and political fucked-up-ness in Afghanistan are pretty apparent.

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