There are probably 200 cases in here of attempted suicide. In the last 12 hours, we had three.
Dr. Khaled, a doctor in Mazar-I-Sharif, Afghanistan
As for the questions of why, and why here, there seem to be as many theories as there are cases. Most explanations focus on Mazar’s status in Afghanistan as an affluent cross-cultural hub, relatively more liberal and exposed to European influences. While Afghan girls here regularly are exposed to the social norms of the West through television serials and the Web, the fact is that they live in Afghanistan’s conservative and male-dominated society. The clash is cruel, and can be heartbreaking.