2011 Photo Contest, Portraits, Singles, 1st prize singles
Photographer

Jodi Bieber

15 July, 2010

Bibi Aisha, 18, was disfigured as retribution for fleeing her husband’s house.

About

Jodi Bieber

After completing three short courses at the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg, Jodi Bieber participated in a photographic training programme at the Star newspaper, unde...

Background story

Kabul, Afghanistan

Bibi Aisha, 18, was disfigured as retribution for fleeing her husband’s house in Oruzgan province, in the center of Afghanistan. At the age of 12, Aisha and her younger sister had been given to the family of a Taliban fighter under a Pashtun tribal custom for settling disputes. When she reached puberty she was married to him, but she later returned to her parents’ home, complaining of violent treatment by her in-laws. Men arrived there one night demanding that she be handed over to be punished for running away. Aisha was taken to a mountain clearing, where, at the orders of a Taliban commander, she was held down and had first her ears sliced off, then her nose. In local culture, a man who has been shamed by his wife is said to have lost his nose, and this is seen as punishment in return. Aisha was abandoned, but later rescued and taken to a shelter in Kabul run by the aid organization Women for Afghan Women, where she was given treatment and psychological help. After time in the refuge, she was taken to America to receive further counseling and reconstructive surgery.

Photo credit: 
Institute for Artist Management / Goodman Gallery for Time magazine

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/40 s
Focal length
85 mm
F-Stop
f/3.2
ISO
800
Camera
Nikon D3

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