Last month about this time, I tripped over this heartbreaking headline from India: “Childless Woman Hangs Self”.
Only recently did I find another “headline tells the tale” about a different but related horror that occurred at just about the same time, in Afghanistan: “Afghan Woman Killed: She Failed to Have Son.”
Ooh! There it is again: A wave of pain for that woman. For the world she lives in. For the world I live in. An empathetic ache in the chest, a tightening that squints the eyes and makes my eyebrows look like this:
In this instance (because surely there are others), soon after a young Afghan woman delivered her third daughter, her husband and his mother strangled and buried her.
Deep in the NY Times story is this tearjerker: “There were signs of torture that led to suspicions [she] had been killed.”