A young girl begs for money on the streets of Kabul.
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Watchful, but Still Shrouded

A young girl begs for money on the streets of Kabul.
A young girl begs for money on the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan. The former Taliban has forced women out of work and into the streets to earn a living. (WALLY SKALIJ / Los Angeles Times)
Aziza milks a cow for her family
Aziza milks a cow for her family in a village in Kabul, Afghanistan. With the husband out of work the family is forced to compromise to provide a living. (WALLY SKALIJ / Los Angeles Times)
Johida, 24, contemplates the uncertain future of women and her country
Johida, 24, contemplates the uncertain future of women and her country, Afghanistan. Under the Taliban regime women were not allowed to learn or work and had to cover themselves with burkas. (WALLY SKALIJ / Los Angeles Times)
Nabila, 18, who is emotional on her wedding day because the loss of her mother, prepares to start the ceremonies
Nabila Ayubi get ready for her wedding. Three years ago, her father stabbed her mother to death because she couldn’t quiet their baby, but he was neither prosecuted nor jailed. (WALLY SKALIJ / Los Angeles Times)
Students at Lysee Naw Abul Qaism Furdosi School enthusiastically raise their hands to answer a question
Girls once again allowed to attend school raise their hands to answer a question in math class. (WALLY SKALIJ / Los Angeles Times)
Women still influenced by the Taliban wear their burkas and pack into the back of a taxi
Their deference leads women to sit in the cargo area of a car, above, so men can have the seats. (WALLY SKALIJ / Los Angeles Times)
A woman begging for money sits outside a mosque
A woman begs outside a Kabul mosque. (WALLY SKALIJ / Los Angeles Times)
Gulbakht, in red, pulls another piece of bread out of the burner along with her workers at her bakery in Kabul, Afganistan.
Gulbakht, in red, pulls another piece of bread out of the burner along with her workers at her bakery in Kabul, Afghanistan. For five years the Taliban regime prevented women from working. (WALLY SKALIJ / Los Angeles Times)
Two women walk along a road in Kabul
Two women walk along a road in Kabul, Afghanistan where an unofficial announcement was made that it is a women’s decision to remove the burka. During the Taliban regime females were forced to cover their faces and bodies. (WALLY SKALIJ / Los Angeles Times)
Women continue to wear burkas in public
Women waiting in line to receive food in the Afghan capital, Kabul, remain as covered up as when the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban regime controlled the city. (WALLY SKALIJ / Los Angeles Times)
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