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A New Day in Kabul

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With Freedom, Choice
Photograph by Steve McCurry

Smiles tell the tale of liberation in Kabul, where high-school girls may again attend classes and appear with unveiled faces. The reopening last spring of Kabul's schools—most were closed under the Taliban—signaled rebirth in the city, particularly for young women. Yet for reasons of habit, religious conviction, or fear, some women—particularly those from conservative or rural backgrounds—still cover themselves in full-length burkas while in public or when men are present.

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