Exclusive: The Secret Shelters That Protect Afghan Women

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That price is starkly visible on Bibi's face and in her behavior. She keeps a hand in front of her, and looks away when she speaks.

When first treated at the U.S. base, Bibi was so modest and shy that she didn't want to show her facial wounds to the male doctor.

"At one point she began screaming, not very pleased with the male presence," Lewis said. The doctor had to rely on Clark and other female aides to clean her wounds and assess the damage.

Bibi recuperated at the U.S. base for 2 1/2 months, slowly letting out details of her ordeal, slowly regaining trust and emerging from her shell. Doctors in the U.S. have offered their services to help reconstruct her face.

But Bibi can't yet fathom what her future holds. When Sawyer asked her what she dreams will happen, Bibi said, "I don't know what will happen in the future."

When Sawyer asks about the offer from American doctors to help her, Bibi tilts her hands up in a gesture of "who knows?" She touches her nose and covers up her face with a scarf.

Her new American friends say that Bibi's courage is inspiring.

"The thing about Bibi, even after everything that had happened to her, she was in such good spirits," said Clark, who said she became "very close" to Bibi.

The medic said Bibi sang a lot. "She would sing about what she saw outside and the people around her and I guess however she was feeling that day is what she would sing about."

But there are many other women like Bibi who have no hope of rescue and the hope of change seems out of reach without help from the outside world.

Education is the answer, Manizha says. "Lots of education and lots of patience with the international community," she says. "You can't leave Afghanistan." Click here to head to Women for Afghan Women's website and learn more about how you can help

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