Beheshta introduction

Beheshta is a painter and poetry writer. She graduated from university in Kabul this year with a degree in pharmacy and she hopes to get a graduate degree in biomedical engineering.

In One Nation Two Can Lead

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You are Afghan and our elected leaders. By working together, you both can win.

We Need National Unity

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We have intelligent politicians, thoughtful professors and experts to help, but the ethnic issue is the most complicated issue in our country and it is not getting solved.

Gang Rape

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She was 18—
returning home from a wedding,
her delicate body exhausted from dancing
and laughing, unaware of the endless night ahead.

Wind

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I want to live my life like a tree—
grow without limitation,
bloom with no explanation, regulation
and die—naturally.

Teenage Writers Workshop, September 2014

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Teenage girls in Afghanistan are often caught in a conflict between fear of repressive traditions and brave hopes that their country’s postwar future will improve for women.

What Will I Be?

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A lawyer or a doctor or government worker…
Play the violin…
Be a painter?

Beauty of Sanglakhat

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The fruit is delicious.
I once was caught with my cousins and siblings,
eating from the garden’s grove—

I Want to Be an Astronaut

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One of my role models is the first woman astronaut—Valentina Tereshkova from Russia. She wants to go to Mars, even if it she cannot return.

Rain

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Clouds drop their precious tears
Covering tears on earth