I have always had a dream, or maybe a wish, that I could go back in time. It may not seem logical to wish for this undoable thing, but it would be great if I could go back and change everything in the world.

When I was a kid, I wished to be a warrior like Zorro, who could right all evils with a swish of his sword. But I got disappointed when I grew up. I found out that fighting wouldn’t bring me any advantages. War is like a poison that spreads through your body if you continue it. I would stop it all if I could return to a time 2000 years ago in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s history is all about wars. I don’t know any king that gave up his kingdom in peace.  There was always a fight for power and that is the one thing I would change if I could turn back time.

You might say, “This is crazy. You are only one person. You cannot fight against an entire government.” But I would remind people who say this, that revolutions start with one person.

War on a new front

Discrimination is the thing that we suffer from now. You feel it so strongly when you are in a backward country. Discrimination exists worldwide, not just in Afghanistan, but every educated person knows it is not logical to put someone down for her culture, color, or religion.

One of the things I would change if I could go back in time would be to unite all the people around the globe and let them know that this would be a better world if we evaluated people from their hearts and not from their nations and cultures.

It is impossible to go back to the past, I know, but it gives me the motivation to change things so that the children in the next 2000 years will not have to wish they could go back in time and make the changes that I could not.

By Fatima H.