Her editor was right. When she arrived at Badam Bagh, a women's prison in Kabul, her first thought was, "It sounds more like a kindergarten or elementary school during recess than it does a prison facility."
That's because many of the inmates are mothers who either gave birth in the facility or brought their children to live with them after they were incarcerated.
Maj has photographed over 100 incarcerated women in eight different prisons and is now presenting her portraits in the book Almond Garden.
As she worked on the project, she learned that "moral crimes" include premarital sex (a charge applied even to victims of rape) and adultery. Sentences can run up to 15 years."
Read article by Rena Silverman from NPR.