I've Been Deaf and Mute Since Birth

When I was old enough, I was forced to marry the head of our region.

Radwa, Afghanistan
Radwa, Afghanistan
Radwa, Afghanistan

Editing by Twila Bird

Photography by Lindsay Silsby

I’ve been deaf and mute since birth. When I was old enough, I was forced to marry the head of our region. My parents were too old to protest; they ran away, and we have heard no news about them. I escaped with my brother, and now we are in Europe. I only want to live in a country that is peaceful and [where] there is no threat.

(Information supplied by Radwa’s brother, Ilhan )

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