Though Mr. Shafia and Hamid may have appeared the picture of successful and Westernized men the father was wealthy, owned a shopping mall in Laval and had contracted to build an upscale home, and the family had lived in Pakistan, Australia and Dubai behind closed doors, they might as well have been back in Afghanistan.
The oldest son Hamid was the head of the household when Mr. Shafia was away. He had a drivers licence and his own cell phone, used his fathers silver Lexus, and helped him in business.
The daughters, meanwhile, had phones registered to either father or son, and Zainab was kept out of school for a full year after the family discovered she had a boyfriend.
It was her running away, in the spring of 2009, to a womens shelter which sparked the familys downward spiral, Ms. Lacelle told the jurors.
But Sahar, too, was rebelling. She had a boyfriend. She loved makeup and clothes, like her big sister. She wanted to be a gynecologist, and was moved by the plight of her native sisters in Afghanistan.
Once, miserable at facing the prospect of having to wear a hijab, she tried to kill herself. According to Rona Mohammads diary, Ms. Yahya snapped, She can go to hell; let her kill herself.
I wonder how much of the Shafia wealth is just recycled from money poured into Afghanistan from the USA since 2001?