Barbara Walters, of Television's 20/20, did a story on gender roles in
Kabul, Afghanistan several years before the Afghan conflict. She noted
that women customarily walked five paces behind their husbands.
She recently returned to Kabul and observed that women still walk behind
their husbands. From Ms. Walters' vantage point, despite the overthrow of
the oppressive Taliban regime, the women walk even further back behind
their husbands, and appear happy to maintain the old custom.
Ms. Walters approached one of the Afghani women and asked, 'Why do you
continue with an old custom that you once tried so desperately to
The woman looked Ms. Walters straight in the eyes, and without hesitation
said, 'Land Mines!'