Afsana introduction

Afsana is a university student. Born in 1995 in Balkh province, her family spent a year in Pakistan during the Taliban before returning to Afghanistan. She hopes to study business.

Martyr Farkhunda


Among the hundred people who killed Farkhunda, no one stood up and said, “This is against the law.” It shows that all of them were illiterate.

Welcoming Spring


Spring, the beauty of life
Spring, the start of planned tasks
Spring, the reminder to forget bad memories

Freedom Is an Attitude


When I was fourteen, the change of regime in Afghanistan destroyed my freedom.

Why Afghan Girls Give up on School


Many Afghan people think a girl who goes to school brings terrible shame on herself and her family.

The Lost Wallet


I dressed in the clothes my mother had picked out for me and I combed my hair. I had to ride on the back of my father’s bicycle because the studio was far away from our house.

She Cries in Her Heart


Her face was dark and wrinkled, her lips were dry, and she looked about 46 years old. She was carrying a child on her back.

Tears and Joys of an Afghan Schoolgirl


My mother encouraged me because she was illiterate, and my father encouraged me because he believed in education.

All That an Afghan Girl Needs


a book to read
a pen to write
school to learn
shelter to spend the night

The Last Letter


Latifa was in the first position at school every year since first grade.