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.
A lawyer or a doctor or government worker…
Play the violin…
Be a painter?
The fruit is delicious.
I once was caught with my cousins and siblings,
eating from the garden’s grove—
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.
Clouds drop their precious tears
Covering tears on earth
All of my classmates were crying and asking one another, “What to do now?”
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.
There is no Taliban
Sometimes there is fighting, but not like Kabul.
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.