When photographer Lana Šlezić left for Afghanistan in March 2004 to work on a reportage, she didn’t have the slightest idea that she would remain there for two years. She had assumed that the living conditions of Afghan women and girls had considerably improved since the fall of the Taliban regime, but discovered all too quickly that this was not the case. With the assistance of a young Afghan woman who was to become her friend and interpreter, Šlezić took photos of women across the whole country. She saw that women were still oppressed and that forced marriages, domestic violence, honour killings and an appalling lack of freedom were commonplace. Even today, women are not allowed to leave home or go to school, and the burka continues to dominate the streets in this war-torn country.

Schilt Publishing
2007