Oral Stories Project

Editor’s note: AWWP writers in Afghanistan have begun collecting oral stories from women in Afghanistan, in particular women who are illiterate and cannot write their stories themselves. The women’s stories are recorded, transcribed, and translated into English by our writers and then edited for publication. Simultaneously, the AWWP staff in Kabul has produced a radio broadcast centered on these oral stories and on the topic of widows’ rights under the law and Islam. It will air this week in Afghanistan.

This is the first of a series in the AWWP Oral Stories Project. The five stories are:

  1. An Interview with Mena, Whose Husband Went off to War
  2. Shakila: A Life to Tolerate
  3. Gulchehra: Something That Happened When I Was Young
  4. Friba: The First Wife
  5. Manizha: A Stepdaughter’s Tale

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