Oral Stories Project 6: Ramadan (July 2014)

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In this sixth feature in our Oral Stories series, AWWP writers went into the streets of Afghanistan’s major cities to gather the stories of poor and illiterate Afghan women during this holy month of Ramadan, which began on June 27th.

Three Women in Kabul

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Neither the government nor private sector is helping. They make everything more expensive during Ramadan. They don’t think about poor people.

No Dates for Iftar

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For those people who are listening to my voice, I’m asking, please help us in this holy month with food for my family.

Nothing to Put on a Napkin

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In the ten or eleven days of Ramadan that have already passed we have had nothing but bread and water to eat.

A Glass of Water

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We don’t have anything to eat, not even a package of dates, so we break our fast with a glass of water.

Fasting Is Difficult with No Nourishment

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It is really difficult to watch other neighboring families having many kinds of foods and we cannot.

Help Me with a Box of Oil

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If I cook rice tonight I will keep it downstairs and use what is left tomorrow night. I can buy ten tomatoes and ten black tomatoes.

Long Days of Ramadan

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At my home, I manage the Iftar napkin by making qabli, qorma, soup, and sometimes bolani or sometimes chabli kabab or pakawra. Besides this we have juice and lemon water, yogurt, dates, and different fruits. I like to make different delicious foods every day.

Sharifa introduction

Sharifa grew up and went to school in Pakistan where her family moved in 2000 when the Taliban were taking over and had closed the schools in her home province. Her family returned to their home in eastern Afghanistan when she was in high school. She has one brother and one sister.

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