Lynsey Addario / VII Network
Farzana winces in pain as she has her bandages changed in the private clinic of Fatima Mohammadi, a nurse at the hospital in Herat, Afghanistan on Aug. 5, 2010. Farzana tried to commit suicide by self-immolation after being beaten by her in-laws. Farzana and her brother were engaged to two siblings, and when Farzana’s brother took another woman, Farzana suffered the wrath of her in-laws as retaliation; she burned herself to escape the abuse. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Afghan women commit suicide by self-immolation each year to escape abusive marriages and in-laws; divorce is considered too shameful of an option for a woman who wants to leave a marriage, and thus suicide is a more viable option. As Afghanistan continues along the path of war and economic recession, the number grows.
This photograph is a part of a series, Self-Immogenation-Afghanistan, by photographer Lynsey Addario. Looking at the pain on the woman’s face and scarred body, it is hard to to wince thinking about how much pain the woman must be in. There is not much background, the white wall makes the woman stand out even more in the image.