How do Mariam and Laila endure after witnessing so much evil and cruelty in the world?
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They endure because it is simply the only choice they have. Their lives are constantly dictated by male interpretations of the Koran that benefit only the men. Mariam, like her mother, do not survive their ordeal. Laila also suffers but by the end of the book marries better and has a chance at life.
They endure through determinatin, grit, and sticking with their family (each other).