President’s Wife Must Be More Than a Symbol


In fact, all presidents of Afghanistan have been married to well educated women. The main question is whether or not these first ladies worked in support of Afghan women.

My Sister’s Wedding


At my sister’s wedding I wore four dresses, more than anyone.

I Dream of a Healthy Afghan Society


I want to create a national hospital in Kabul with extensions to all the provinces in Afghanistan. In this way people in Afghanistan will not have to go to other countries like Pakistan or Iran for treatment.

No Arrests Made in Journalist Killings


The Taliban lured a young radio journalist Palwasha Tokhi from her home in Mazar-i-Sharif and killed her—because she was a female journalist.

Watching the News


“You know what, Sameya, it is not good to generalize and judge the whole nationality by only a few of them who are involved in the conflict.” He added, “It is improper to judge a nationality.”

Teaching Math Didn’t Add up Right


Candidates take an exam, the department reviews the exams, and says the results will be known after one or two weeks and those who pass can teach in a school.

Please Be Silent, the Girl Said


“Don’t talk about this.
My honor will go.”

Going Home Again


We arrived at night. It was so dark, so quiet. The next morning I got up and looked at the place I had not seen for so many years.

Election’s Over, Time to Talk Peace


We can see this deal between the two candidates as a way for opening the door to peace. Anything can happen in our country!

What Is a Good Girl in Afghanistan?


In Afghanistan, according to social tradition, I have not been a good girl.