The sheer brutality against women in some of these Islamic countries is just flat out insane.
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Among the most heartbreaking is the story of Bebe. She is 17, and she says her face was mutilated by her husband, a Talib. Bebe’s nose and ears were cut off as punishment for running away to escape the constant pummeling by her husband and his family.
She was married to the radical Muslim when she was 12, Manizha told Sawyer. Her marriage was the result of an outlawed tribal custom called “baad” in which the daughter was given away as compensation for a crime or offense committed by a male member of Bebe’s family.
Girls given away in baad transactions are often little more than slaves. Bebe was forced to sleep in a stable with the animals, and beatings and pain became part of life for her.
Bebe tried to escape but was captured. Her husband was ordered by the Taliban to punish her by disfiguring her face. While her brother-in-law held her down, her husband sliced off her nose and ears.
Left for dead, she crawled to her uncle’s house, but he refused to help. Bebe staggered on to her grandfather’s house. He called her father. The local Afghan hospital was unable to treat her wounds, and suggested her father take her to the nearby U.S. military base, Forward Operating Base Ripley in Oruzgan province.
“She was very scared. She covered up,” said Air Force Sgt. Lindsey Clark, a medic who was on duty when Bebe arrived three days after the attack.