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Hadiqa Bashir
Hadiqa Bashir
Mudassar Shah

MINGORA — At 13, Hadiqa Bashir is herself just a child, but she's already working to save girls from child marriage in rural Pakistan. Though it's illegal in Pakistan, marrying young children to much older men is still widely practiced in the Swat Valley.

Visiting Hadiqa Bashir today is a young girl, Shabana, who is with her mother. A white gauze covers her nose, and she explains the horrific reason why. "My mother-in-law asked my husband to complete his job today and she left the house," Shabana says. "I had my young son with me, and my husband asked his sister to take my son to another room and soon after he cut my nose. The next morning my mother-in-law came, and when she checked my nose, she said that it should be cut some more."

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Death rates are down, masks are off, but many who have been infected by COVID have still not recovered. Long COVID continues to be hard to diagnose and treatments are still in the developmental stage.

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