Girl from Kapisa provinceVery simply
The people judged me
Without knowing me
Laughed at my cries
Without feeling me

Very simply
They chose my way
Threw their beliefs in my mind
Shut my mouth
Called me a Muslim girl

Very simply
They left me behind in a world of pain
Without a door
Acted like strangers
Pretended they’d never seen me

Who cares… who was I?
Who knows… who am I?

Finally
I listened to my heartbeat
Felt a strong power within
And found myself
Very simply

By Kamilah

Photo: United Nations/Eskinder Debebe.