This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
"I didn't know anything about him," Gul told WorldPost's Sophia Jones. "I didn't know anything about love."
By Gul's account, Khan tortured her continuously for the next six years. He beat her, burned her with an iron, and this month, even attempted to shoot her, after he cut her nose off. Gul told WorldPost that the only reason she survived was because the gun jammed. (Khan fled the scene, and there are conflicting reports as to whether the Taliban has located him since the attack.)
Unfortunately, as many media outlets have noted, abuse against women is all too common in Afghanistan. The United Nations lists Afghanistan as one of the worst countries for women, and the country is struggling to put an end to child marriages and domestic violence.
But Gul is determined to make a better life for herself after her recovery. She was flown to Kabul, Afghanistan, for treatment on her nose, and she may need reconstructive surgery in Turkey. Wherever she is treated, Gul told WorldPost that she plans to start a new beginning for herself and her children.