Afghan sewing factory offers lifeline to war widows
By Abiodun Ogundairo
20 March 2021 | 10:23 am
Dozens of women widowed by the Afghan war have been given a lifeline by the army, stitching military uniforms indistinguishable from the ones their husbands died in.
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