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Sakina says she was driven "insane" by bombings and so left her village for the city -- she's one of the women from Kandahar interviewed for the Globe and Mail's six-part "Behind The Veil" series
Sakina says she was driven "insane" by bombings and so left her village for the city -- she's one of the women from Kandahar interviewed for the Globe and Mail's six-part "Behind The Veil" series

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Our Afghan correspondents discuss the plight of women in Afghanistan Add to ...

Jessica Leeder, Sonia Verma and Graeme Smith were linked up with Gloria Galloway from Kandahar for a live conversation, broadcast live on Talkshoe, a web site that allows live interactive conversations and records podcasts. The edited version of that discussion is available below.

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Teenage girls attend an event to pray for peace to commemorate International Women's Day in Kandahar City, one of the most volatile parts of Afghanistan. In a region where women seldom leave home for any reason, a public gathering like this one of hundreds of women is unusual and attests to their strong wish to advocate for peace.

The discussion was hosted by Globe foreign editor Stephen Northfield, and consisted of the panel listed below:

  • Gloria Galloway, a member of The Globe's Ottawa bureau, is currently in Kandahar for the third time.
  • Jessica Leeder, a Toronto-based news and features writer for The Globe, has undertaken two reporting trips to Afghanistan. During her most recent stay she produced the Behind the Veil series.
  • Sonia Verma has been to Afghanistan six times, most recently for the August elections. She's currently reporting from Toronto.
  • Graeme Smith served as The Globe and Mail's lead correspondent in Afghanistan from 2006 to 2009, devoting more time to the war-torn southern region than any other Western journalist during that period. He is now on leave, working on a book about the conflict to be published in Canada by Knopf.

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