My grandmother walked in this dark street
My mother walked in this dark street
Now, I have to walk in this dark street…
Walk in dark, walk in dark, walk in dark
I am an Afghan girl.

A human, but not respected as one
With the right to education, but only on a piece of paper
I could go to Parliament…
but there is no ear to listen to me because
I am an Afghan girl.

I want to be a refractory person
This culture is tiresome
and it needs changing …
I will change it my way
I am an Afghan girl!

By Fatima S.

Photo by Dima Gavrysh