obama with troops

I’m confused by the game
The American troops, were they helping us or taking everything from us?
They said they’d leave in 2014
What did it mean? Prices of houses fell, rents went down…
No one wants to own a house in time of war.
Are we part of a game?
Must we pay for their benefit?
When the Americans go home
Will we Afghans finally live in peace?

We will make our decisions
No one will tell us what to do
But can dreams happen with open eyes?
Can dreams happen in reality?
We exist. We have wishes, dreams and needs
Does somebody care about that?
No, dear no.
Obama shows up from nowhere in the middle of the night in our country
Why does he come here… what does he want
Who listens when we scream
Now they say they will leave in 2016.

We are so helpless. Until 2016 we will carry the tensions
In our hearts and minds. Fears, insecurity, fear of losing our loved ones
And no independence.
But, seriously, who cares?
Americans will do what they want.
They do not care how many of us die. They will continue the game.
But even if the night is dark and long
The day will come
Brightness will overcome
This is called hope
Hope is bigger than any game.

By Farahnaz R.

President Barack Obama waves to U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, March 28, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)