Barbara Walters of 20/20 (USA-ABC Television) did a story on
gender roles in Kabul, Afghanistan, several years before the
She noted that women customarily walked 5 paces behind their
She recently returned to Kabul and observed that women still
walk behind their husbands. From Ms. Walter'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 change?"
The woman looked at Ms. Walters straight in the eyes, and
without hesitation, said, "Land mines."