My Father My Hero

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For the daughter, her Dad is the first hero—
the man who never cheats her, the man who trusts her,
and gives everything without regret.

Biking on the Streets of Kabul

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On our second group bike ride in Darlaman, an old man stopped us. All of us were scared, but he told us: “You girls raise Afghanistan’s flag.”

Girls Like Me Want Elections Finished

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All this arguing over the elections is taking up our time and making our land a hell for all of us.

Real Love

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With his ideas and poems
He rode with me on angel wings,
And placed a crown on my head,
like the queens of the seven countries

What I Learned Going Home

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What kind of Afghan man would like to see an Afghan girl with a shirt and pants and a scarf that barely covers her head who has sunglasses on her head and Starbucks in her hand?

2014

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I’m confused by the game
The American troops, were they helping us or taking everything from us?
They said they’d leave in 2014

Farahnaz R. introduction

Farahnaz R. was born in Kabul in 1995 but attended school in Pakistan during the Taliban era until the family could return to Afghanistan. Her ambition is to work hard for her country and become influential in government. “I want the world to listen to my words and to know that we think and believe.”

The Runoff Election Can Change Our Lives

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Elections or more tension? This is the question worrying all Afghans as we come to another election.

Fatima H. introduction

Fatima is a high school student in ninth grade. She has a Farsi blog, studies English, plays piano, and likes movies and skating. She would like to bring skating to Afghan schools and she hopes to visit “the entire world someday.”

Fatima S. introduction

Fatima’s family is from Ghazni. They fled to Pakistan when she was four because her father and uncle, well known in Ghazni, had received threats on their lives. Her family later returned to Kabul where she finished high school and volunteer-taught in an orphanage.