The Taliban demanded a mother of four in a small village in northern Afghanistan cook food for up to 15 fighters. “My mother told them, ‘I am poor, how can I cook for you?'” her daughter said. “(The Taliban) started beating her. My mother collapsed and they hit her with their guns — AK47s.” The woman died from the beating.
Above, displaced Afghan women and children take shelter at a mosque in Kabul.
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