Writing began for me as an escape from my burqa, an escape from my most painful moments. – Pari

Dream Tree

Anyone passing by can sit
Under the dream tree
In this quiet space
Their wounds will heal


When you come to me
Bring a pair of eyes
So that I can see the world differently

Mama Kabul

Oh mother city
City of love and mercy
How long must you carry this sorrow

A short documentary about AWWP in Kabul

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Since 2009, AWWP has helped hundreds of Afghan women and girls tell their stories.

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Latest Stories & Essays

I Prepare to Die as the Taliban Attacks AUAF

Wednesday 24th of August, 2016. The fourth day of my second semester. My last class finished at 6:20 p.m. I expected to meet a friend, but she did not come so I finished my dinner and went to the mosque to pray. At 7:04 p.m., I had just finished praying when three explosions went off two meters (6.5 feet) from the mosque. The air turned dark, the ceiling fell upon us. It was hard to breathe. Seconds later, gunshots began. I could not believe what seemed clear: the American University of Afghanistan was under attack.

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One Floor from My Sister, Waiting to Die

The 24th of August was the third day of my second semester at AUAF. I had started with so many hopes. I was in statistics class on the second floor of the Bayat Building, listening carefully to the lecture, when we heard gunfire close to campus. Growing up in Afghanistan, we think of gunfire as routine. Our professor continued his lecture. Seconds later, an ear-blasting bomb shook the building and shattered the window glass. The campus was under attack.

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