Afghan wedding dresses on the frontline

If you were doing one of those “What’s the first thing that comes into your head?” tests when you hear the word “Afghanistan”, it probably wouldn’t be … “wedding dresses”.

But, interestingly enough, that’s what you see several times over in an intriguing new exhibition of five Afghan women’s personal photos - images both of their lives in their native country and of them in their adopted home, the UK.

If all too often Afghanistan is represented as war-torn, hopeless and somehow dusty and “grey”, here these images show a time when life in Afghanistan was lived in colour.

On top of the charm of photos showing gawky, smiling youngsters and stern older relatives, the exhibition showcases five women’s stories. They share their memories of life before war and the Taleban, telling of how they’ve adapted to the enormous challenge - and opportunity - of building a new life in a foreign land.

The free exhibition - “If I can be a voice” - is part of the British Afghan Women’s Society's oral history project “DAWN” - Documenting Afghan Women’s Narratives - and opens at the east London office of Amnesty this evening. It runs until Friday 5 April.

Find out more on Amnesty’s work on women in Afghanistan.

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