Featured Stories & Poems

The Eidi Gift

I lead a project where I teach at an orphanage and help the kids with stationery and things they need. Most of the children are from Kabul and lost their parents in the war.

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For Cooks: A Recipe for Biryani

Children get gifts, clothes, sweets, and love from their near and dear ones. They also make special handmade Eid greetings for their friends. Women cook special foods. It is a time to create an ambience of triumph, love, and happiness. Relatives and friends visit each other’s houses to share a delicious meal.

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A Special Eid Celebration

Eid al-Fitr — the Festival of Fast-Breaking — is a special celebration for the ending of Ramadan month, after Muslims fast for almost 30 days. This last Eid was different than all others for me.

A couple of days prior to Eid, my father purchased cakes, biscuits, drinks, dry fruits, sweets and fresh fruits to serve guests on Eid’s occasion.

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Oral Stories Project 6: Ramadan

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Oral Stories Project 6: Ramadan (July 2014)

In this sixth feature in our Oral Stories series, AWWP writers went into the streets of Afghanistan’s major cities to gather the stories of poor and illiterate Afghan women during this holy month of Ramadan, which began on June 27th.

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Three Women in Kabul

Neither the government nor private sector is helping. They make everything more expensive during Ramadan. They don’t think about poor people.

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No Dates for Iftar

For those people who are listening to my voice, I’m asking, please help us in this holy month with food for my family.

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Nothing to Put on a Napkin

In the ten or eleven days of Ramadan that have already passed we have had nothing but bread and water to eat.

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A Glass of Water

We don’t have anything to eat, not even a package of dates, so we break our fast with a glass of water.

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Fasting Is Difficult with No Nourishment

It is really difficult to watch other neighboring families having many kinds of foods and we cannot.

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Help Me with a Box of Oil

If I cook rice tonight I will keep it downstairs and use what is left tomorrow night. I can buy ten tomatoes and ten black tomatoes.

Latest Poems

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Real Love

With his ideas and poems
He rode with me on angel wings,
And placed a crown on my head,
like the queens of the seven countries

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Ramadan Mubarak

Ramadan, month of light
Ramadan, month of patience
Ramadan, month of testing

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Tonight Is My Night

Tonight is a night for poetry, love, and honesty.
I have my candle, my deep, dark night and
the lonely moon in a big sky.

Latest AWWP News

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Oral Stories Project 6: Ramadan (July 2014)

In this sixth feature in our Oral Stories series, AWWP writers went into the streets of Afghanistan’s major cities to gather the stories of poor and illiterate Afghan women during this holy month of Ramadan, which began on June 27th.

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Oral Stories Project 5: Maternity and Childbirth in Afghanistan (July 2014)

Afghanistan has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world, according to the World Health Organization, whose statistics show one in eleven Afghan women die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Who is to blame?

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Afghan Runoff Election

Voters in Afghanistan return to the polls on Saturday, June 14, 2014 to cast ballots in the runoff election between two men who seek to become president for the next five years.

The Afghan Women’s Writing Project has been recognized by The Women’s National Book Association and the New York State Division of Human Rights.