Brave and Strong Afghan Women, Raise Your Voices!


Women in Afghanistan cannot even speak their hearts to a family member. As I write now about the problems of women in Afghanistan, my hand trembles.

An Illiterate Maid Asks for Respect


On a rainy day I will ask them not to enter the room with muddy shoes. Some agree and wipe their shoes and treat me with respect like a mother.

The Evening Walk, The Wild Looks

Bagh e Bala postcard, 1965

As we walked, I felt as if the trees were talking to me. I felt them say: “We feel you, Roya, we feel you!” There were some tired flowers too. The garden was like a desert without water or gardener. The weather was not so good; I felt it was nervous like me, with the wind throwing dust in our faces and eyes.