When Shakila Zareen learned that her husband planned to kill her, she fled to her mother’s house.
A few hours later, she was alone in the living room when her husband and two other men scaled the compound walls. As they came through the door, Zareen turned to see her husband aim a hunting gun at her and pull the trigger.
She woke up in a hospital the next morning after miraculously surviving the shooting and a grueling seven-hour drive to Kabul. She traced her fingers over her bandaged face and realized that half of it was missing. Someone told her she had miscarried; she hadn’t even known she was pregnant. She was 16 years old.