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"Britain First" Co-Opts Photo of Assassinated Woman Afghan Police Officer

Between 2004 and 2006 photographer Lana Slezic met and befriended Afghan Police officer Malalai Kakar while working on a book of photographs of Afghan women.

Kakar was assassinated by the Taliban in 2008, and recently Slezic was horrified to discover that xenophobic political party Britain First is using her photo in an ad promoting a burkha ban. The ad has also been used by a Senator Jacqui Lambie in Australia.

Slezic had this to say about the ad:

"It's ridiculous. I mean, here is a woman who stood for the rights of other women, who fought for the rights of other women, who died at the hands of the Taliban and extremists. And here she is painted as someone who is an aggressor."

Just goes to show how people see what they want to see, and if you're a collection of xenophobic twats, you're going to automatically see a woman in a burkha with a gun as a threat.


Seriously though, check out Lana Slezic's photo gallery of Afghan women. The images are gorgeous and give insight into a world that most of us know little about.

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