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.