Featured Stories & Poems

Peace Shouts

I know war, I see it every day
I see it in daylight and even in dreams
it’s a red color, it’s so cheap

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Forgiveness: A Prose Poem

They talked and talked and sold me.

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A World of Luck

I would have the world of luck
in my foolish pockets.

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Latest Stories & Essays

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The Women’s Bazaar

In the Dur Baba District in the Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan, there is a huge bazaar where people buy and sell their young girls and women as brides.

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Child of War

Every boom reminded me how I spent my entire beautiful childhood in a war, how we hid under the basement stairs, crying and in hopeless fear of the Taliban.

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Biking on the Streets of Kabul

On our second group bike ride in Darlaman, an old man stopped us. All of us were scared, but he told us: “You girls raise Afghanistan’s flag.”

Latest Poems

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War

To buy his family’s safety, your father spends every Afghani
he has saved for the last 30 years. Your mother sells
her jewelry.

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A Lonely Rain

Me and my loneliness. An empty world.

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Flood Is on the Way

The thunder threatens,
rapes the women who live this war.

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.