My Journey Toward Knowledge

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After the fall of the Taliban, my sisters and I became the first girls in our village to start going to school.

Childhood Memories

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The day gone is gone forever and only memories remain in the human mind.

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.

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.

Taliban Attack Outside My School

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All of my classmates were crying and asking one another, “What to do now?”

Orphan Girl

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Some of our cultural customs have destroyed many women’s lives. Part of the problem is a tradition that the boy’s family gives a huge amount of money to the girl’s family in order to give permission for the marriage.

Surfer, Rock Climber, Gymnast

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Since I was little I have wanted to be a gymnast, a rock climber, a figure skater, a surfer, and a soccer player. I can’t do any of those in Afghanistan, but I still try.

Girl Up—on a Bike

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It was Thursday noon and I was so scared that they would not let me do it. I went to the mirror and told myself that this time they will let me ride my bike.

When I Was Young

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I wanted to become a policewoman so I could save people’s lives. I especially wanted the uniform.