Something different: Afghan men complain of abuse by wives and mothers-in-law

Sabur has moved out of his marital home on the outskirts of Mazar-e Sharif. It was the only way to escape the domestic abuse he suffered at the hands of his wife.

“We’ve been constantly having arguments, and sometimes my wife loses her cool and gets violent,” Sabur says, pointing to a bruise and cut on his forehead. In an almost apologetic tone, he cites his money problems and the lack of employment opportunities in the northern Afghan city as the root causes of his suffering.

“I can’t find work and can’t provide for my family,” he says. “Obviously, when I come home empty-handed, it annoys my wife. Once she hit my forehead with the heel of her shoe. But I don’t want people to know about my situation because I live in Afghan society, and it could ruin my honor and reputation if people hear about it.”

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