Barbara Walters of 20/20 (USA-ABC Television) did a story on gender
roles in Kabul, Afghanistan, several years before the Afghan conflict.
She noted that women customarily walked 5 paces behind their husbands.
She recently returned to Kabul and observed that women still walk
behind their husbands. From Ms. Walters's vantage point, despite the
overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women now seem to walk ;even
further back behind their husbands and are happy to maintain the old custom.
Ms. Walters approached one of the Afghani women and asked, Why do you
now seem happy with the old custom that you once tried so desperately ;to
The woman looked Ms. Walters straight in the eyes, and without, hesitation,
said, Land mines.