All that an Afghan girl needs
is a book to read
a pen to write
school to learn
shelter to spend the night

a sleep without fear
a life without suffering

to wake up with the voice of birds not bombs 

a father’s support
mother’s love
brother’s hug
and a little appreciation for all the hard work
we do every day

because we never lose hope until you hide 
        the sunlight

and we will search everywhere
we will knock on every door
until we find the way to regain our rights

we will never stop fighting
not until you know how to treat us
with goodness and love and with respect

By Aysha

Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ashley N. Avecilla, Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs