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  Afghan Town’s First Female Mayor Awaits Her Assassination
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AuthorFatima Faizi and Rod Nordland
News DateFriday, October 4, 2019 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionZarifa Ghafari, who at 26 became one of Afghanistan’s first female mayors, has said that she fully expects to be assassinated.

Not that she is keeping a low profile.

After taking office in March in Maidan Shar, a town of 35,000 in Afghanistan’s Wardak Province, she had a banner hoisted with her name, a picture of her wearing a bright red head scarf and the slogan of her anti-littering campaign: “Let’s keep our city clean.”

Ms. Ghafari is well aware that she is on the front lines of the struggle for women’s rights in Afghanistan, at a time when recent American peace talks with the Taliban have Afghans thinking about what might happen if the ultraconservative insurgents ever take part in running the country again.
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