Alexandra Boulat. “A young woman has set herself on fire to protest her condition. She is not willing to tell her story in detail, but so far she complains of her relationship with her stepmother. She is currently being treated at the Herat Hospital in the burns department, suffering from deep burns and the beginnings of septicaemia. Her face is covered with a veil to protect her from flying insects. Shahima, 25, set herself on fire 20 days ago. She has just arrived at the hospital but was first treated at her home, in Apushtu Zargham, 25 kilometres from Herat. “I was unhappy with my husband’s family. There was nothing to make me happy in my life. He was nice to me, but his mother and sisters, with whom we live, punished me all the time”. She has been married for 3 years. Her husband was a teacher but quit his job because his salary wasn’t enough to sustain the family. Shahima’s family was in exile in Iran for a long time. She got married when she came back to Afghanistan. She is a mother of 2 and denies having set herself on fire although according to the doctors, there is no doubt about it. In the end she admitted she was feeling very depressed the day this took place, “It’s because of all these problems with my family in law… Anyway, I have to go back to my husband””. 2004. Herat, Afghanistan.
Ron Haviv. “Glimpses of the Fall of Tripoli - Libyans celebrate in the newly renamed Martyrs’ Square, formerly known as Green Square, in central Tripoli, Libya on August 30th, 2011. After six months of fighting, rebel fighters succeeded in overrunning loyalist forces and taking control of the capital city”. 2011. Tripoli, Libya.