Self-Immolation Tragically Frequent Among Afghan Women

Self-Immolation Tragically Frequent Among Afghan Women

HERAT, Afghanistan -- Thirteen-year-old Morvary's face had melted away as a candle does, with only the faintest of breaths as proof she was still alive after setting herself ablaze.

Mummified in white gauze and full of morphine to ease the pain of third-degree burns covering her entire body, she died two days later at Herat regional hospital, yet another victim in this conservative Western province where nearly 100 self-immolation cases were recorded last year.

Human rights officials and doctors say the real number is much higher since only those who seek help are registered and even then causes are not always possible to pin down.

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