Editor’s note: Farah province is in southwest Afghanistan bordering Iran. The name of its capital city is Farah.
Farah is a special place for me—
a small and lovely city with kind, helpful people.
There is no electricity, but there is love.
There is no security, but the people are brave partners.
There is no government faculty, but there are hard-working students.
People make friendships on dusty dirt roads,
Delicious fruits grow in green villages,
With their pleasing smell.
Women stay home
And become good mothers,
Who are rich in kindness with big hearts.
Farah — Farah — Farah
My heart is in Farah.
Photo: A village in Farah province, by John Moore/Getty Images