Women Psychologists in Herat, Afghanistan Terrified for Clients During Pandemic Lockdown

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Bordering Iran—which had one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks globally—the city of Herat has one of the highest number of coronavirus cases in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan has suffered the spillover of the COVID-19 outbreak in neighboring Iran, with even fewer means of containing its spread. (World Atlas)

According to the BBC, more than 150,000 Afghans returned from Iran this past March, with thousands more crossing the border daily.

Herat also has a higher than average population of educated women who speak up against gender-based violence.

Women Psychologists in Herat, Afghanistan Terrified for Clients During Pandemic Lockdown
In a country where violence against women is endemic, Herat has some of the highest rates of domestic abuse and female suicides—but it also has high numbers of educated women. Pictured: Students and a teacher at the Female Experimental High School in Herat. (World Bank Photo Collection)

Although seeking help is still an obstacle…

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