‘In my work, vi­o­lence is an ev­ery­day re­al­ity, so I don’t think about it. If I did, I wouldn’t be able to op­er­ate’

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - @WORK -

I didn’t doubt what I was do­ing, I doubted how long I had been do­ing it – I had only planned to be in Kabul for a year. But in my work, vi­o­lence is an ev­ery­day re­al­ity, so I don’t think about it. If I did, I wouldn’t be able to op­er­ate. You once marched u to res­i­dent Hamid Karzai’s res­i­den­tial alace to get him to sign a ar­don Gul­naz, a teenage girl, was raped and im­preg­nated by her cousin’s hus­band.The po­lice charged her with adul­tery but said she might be able to go free if she mar­ried her at­tacker. I got her sen­tence re­duced from 12 years to three – and the court said she should not have to marry her rapist. Then, I went to the pres­i­dent’s palace with doc­u­ments for him to par­don her. Even­tu­ally his guards took the pa­pers to him. It was the rst time he had is­sued a par­don for moral crimes. An award-win­ning doc­u­men­tary about Kim­ber­ley’s work, Mot­ley’s Law, was re­leased ear­lier this year.

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