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

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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

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

Freedom Is an Attitude

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

Why Afghan Girls Give up on School

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

The Lost Wallet

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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

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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

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

All That an Afghan Girl Needs

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

The Last Letter

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