In this photo taken Monday, March 29, 2010, Iraqi Kurdish people shop at a market in central Arbil, Iraq. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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One wintry night, a brown pickup truck drove through the Kurdish highlands in northern Iraq with four men and a woman inside.In February 2015, figures reported from the Kurdistan Health Ministry showed in the last five years over 3,000 women had been killed as a result of domestic violence in the Kurdistan region.The Iraq National Youth Survey in 2009 found 68 percent of young men accept the killing of a women for shaming a family.Lava tried unsuccessfully to remove some soil off her chest to relieve the pressure on her lungs but believes she then must have fallen unconscious. She was lucky, however, a rare case of a woman surviving such a murder bid.Although Lava was one of the lucky ones to survive her attempted murder, she does not feel safe.She was not allowed to leave the family house for 18 months after the night she was rescued, but in September 2016, one of her brothers asked her to go and work in a hotel.
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