As a strongly Islamic country, Afghanistan's public face was overwhelmingly male. Travellers did not deal with or even encounter Afghani women. The head-to-toe covering that women wore -- with only a small mesh for the eyes -- was the most severe I've seen anywhere in the Islamic world. On the few occasions where you did encounter women, such as on inter-city buses, they were strictly segregated.

1977, 1999 Richard McGuire


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