In April 2008, I visited Pul-e Charkhi prison in Kabul, Afghanistan. At the time, there were 226 young children in Afghanistan’s prisons, including many who were born there. They had committed no crime, but lived among the country’s 304 incarcerated women, many of whom are serving 7 year sentences for the offense of "running away" from their husbands. Pul-e Charkhi was a brutal living environment where reports described inadequate sanitation, frigid winter temperatures, rape and humiliation.
In that same month the women and children of Pul-e Charkhi were moved to Badam Bagh, a new facility which recognized the special requirements of female prisoners.
David Guttenfelder ©The Associated Press