KABUL, AFGHANISTAN | 2016-09-12 | For the past decade, widows have converged here and built by hand their mud hovels on a slope above a cemetery in an eastern neighbourhood of Kabul. It is known as Tapaye Zanabad — the hill that women built. Hundreds of widows came and they now number perhaps more than several thousands on the hill and its surroundings. The first squatter homes have since morphed into a crowded community that has a private drinking water supply and spotty electricity. Most of the women have not been able to escape from wretched poverty, but they have preserved something far more unusual in a country dominated by men.

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