March 3, 2011
Women, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
Photograph by Lynsey Addario, National Geographic
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“I saw two women on the side of the mountain, in burkas and without a man,” wrote photographer Lynsey Addario. “In Afghanistan you seldom see an unaccompanied woman. Noor Nisa, about 18, was pregnant; her water had just broken. Her husband, whose first wife had died during childbirth, was determined to get Noor Nisa to the hospital in Faizabad, a four-hour drive from their village in Badakhshan Province. His borrowed car broke down, so he went to find another vehicle. I ended up taking Noor Nisa, her mother, and her husband to the hospital, where she delivered a baby girl. My interpreter, who is a doctor, and I were on a mission to photograph maternal health and mortality issues, only to find the entire story waiting for us along a dusty Afghan road.”
See more photographs from the December 2010 feature story "Veiled Rebellion."