Healthcare, Maternal Mortality and Sexual Violence: Afghanistan Self-Immoliation: 04_LA_Burned

Juma Gul weeps as he visits his mother, Gul Zada, about an hour before her death in the burn center of the Herat Regional Hospital in Herat, Afghanistan, August 3, 2010.  Gulzada, who was about 45 years old, with five children, set herself on fire after being insulted by a relative for not bringing a gift for her son's fiance at a recent relative's wedding.  Juma Gul explained that his mother was too poor to buy a gift for the future bride, as he described the hardships of Afghan families.

Juma Gul weeps as he visits his mother, Gul Zada, about an hour before her death in the burn center of the Herat Regional Hospital in Herat, Afghanistan, August 3, 2010. Gulzada, who was about 45 years old, with five children, set herself on fire after being insulted by a relative for not bringing a gift for her son's fiance at a recent relative's wedding. Juma Gul explained that his mother was too poor to buy a gift for the future bride, as he described the hardships of Afghan families.