Tabasom does not know how old she is, except that she is older than 20. She remained in Afghanistan during the Taliban period and currently lives at home in a Taliban-held province. She wants to work but is afraid, since her aunt, while working as a nurse, was killed by the Taliban.
One of AWWP’s first writers, Tabasom was killed with her father in a suicide bombing attack on a hospital some months after we published her last poem in March 2011. We have a memorial to her on this page.
Thank you so much, to you and the other writers who contributed to Monday night’s reading at Theatre J in Washington DC. I was one of nine actresses who received the honor of being able to share your work. You all are so incredibly talented and courageous. You have a gift and your words and stories are so moving. Thank you so much. I encourage you to continue and wish you peace.
Tabasom, you will make your dream come true … Dont lose your faith. Now around you you only can see a reality of great oppression, but it will not be forever. One day you will be free to be who you want and do what you wish. Keep writing here. Be free this way at least while the other freedom is still not possible. Your writing can be your window to the world outside. Let us treasure your thoughts and emotions. I do want to hear your voice. Let it resonates in my life as well.