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She survived the attempt, and has been recovering at a local hospital.

"I was so angry that I wanted to kill myself," she says, asking that her surname not be used.

Role of Family The family is the most important unit of social organization in contemporary Iraqi society.

But for thousands of young Afghan girls, and millions more across Asia and Africa, marriage often comes before they are old enough for such dreams -- and ends in nightmare.

They continue to live in the same neighborhood, to intermarry, and to group together on a kinship basis.

Although the family is losing ground where social change is occurring most rapidly (such as in cities), family loyalty still dominates all aspects of Iraqi life.

Torpekay, for example, is an Afghan girl from western Herat Province.

Although just 17, she has been married for four years.