Afghan girl, a maiden in life. It is true statement that eight out of ten Afghan women don't live in cities but in rural places where this most recent decade of war hasn't altered public life. Their battles for growing autonomy, especially for young women, take place in the privacy of their homes, as the following example of a "Landay poem" can attest. Consider this one: "You sold me to an old man, father. May God destroy your home; I was your daughter."