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Afghan Women Burn Themselves To Escape Abuse (VIDEO)

First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 03:40 PM ET

Eight years after the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, many Afghan women continue to live in repressive and often abusive environments. To escape, many women turn to suicide, while others choose self-immolation as a means to escape family problems.

A video released by Reuters features a hospital in Herat province that specializes in treating women who burn themselves.

"I burnt myself because my in-laws were torturing me," says a young girl in the video. "They were beating me all the time. I did not have any other choice but to burn myself. I was ten-years-old when I got married."

Watch the short video below.

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Filed by Eric Sorensen  |