Where is Mariam executed?

Mariam is executed at Ghazi Stadium, which has a history of public executions under the Taliban rule.

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After Mariam kills Rasheed in order to save Laila's life, she is imprisoned for doing a "wicked thing." Mariam has no legal council and no examination of evidence during her trial. Though the judge admits that he believes her testimony that Rasheed was a "disagreeable" man, he insists that it...

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After Mariam kills Rasheed in order to save Laila's life, she is imprisoned for doing a "wicked thing." Mariam has no legal council and no examination of evidence during her trial. Though the judge admits that he believes her testimony that Rasheed was a "disagreeable" man, he insists that it is his job to punish Mariam's deed. She is sentenced to death and imprisoned for a little more than a week.

On the final morning of her life, Mariam is transported to the site of her execution at Ghazi Stadium. This is a soccer stadium in Kabul which has a history of public executions during the rule of the Taliban. A large crowd has gathered to witness her death, but Mariam blinds herself to their reactions. Instead, as she approaches the goalpost, she takes an inventory of both the tragedies and great joys of her life. Walking behind Mariam is her executioner, and when she is asked to stop, she watches the man's shadow raise his gun toward her.

In her final moments, Mariam finds peace in the knowledge that she has found a great love in Laila and Laila's children. In the totality of her life, she believes that "this was a legitimate end to a life of illegitimate beginnings." Mariam offers one final prayer before being told to kneel and look down, which signals the end of her life.

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