Afghanistan Taliban Heartland

December 11, 2012 - 12:33 PM
In this Oct. 23, 2012 photo, a young Afghan girl shops with her mother in a crowded bazaar in the heart of Lashkar Gah, southern Helmand’s provincial capital. After 11 years of war residents of southern Helmand, one of the deadliest battlefields, are frustrated by the lack of development and widespread insecurity. The International community is also increasingly worried that the gains made by women after the collapse of the Taliban are slowly slipping away. In deeply conservative Helmand women have worn the all encompassing burqas for centuries yet they too say the increasing insecurity makes them afraid even from behind their veils and shopkeepers say burqa sales are up. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)