When I was born no one was happy
No one smiled
No one said, “Welcome my baby,
Welcome my sister.”

Why? What is my sin?
I am a human, a girl.
A woman is brutally beaten
on the street without reason

A girl is slandered
Stoned by the people
A woman is forced to have illicit relations
outside of her marriage.

She cannot defend herself
A man burns his wife’s body
No one defends her
Why? What is her sin?

I can’t be silent.
I can’t accept that.
I want to say, “Welcome my baby
Welcome my sister.” 

By Manizha

Photo: Eric Kanalstein / UNAMA