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This article has arisen from forty interviews with women in Afghanistan, to find out the effects the civil war is having on their lives. The interviews revealed less obviously apparent impacts of war; those relating to mental and physical health problems, including suicide attempts, associated with trauma; most of the women were no longer able to enjoy social events. They saw the loss of homes, land and livestock as a collapse of domestic order. In light of these findings, McLachan argues that rehabilitation agencies should consider Afghans’ emotional as well as material needs in their programmes.

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