What I Learned Going Home


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?


obama with troops

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


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.

Freshta K. introduction

Freshta K. was born in Kabul and grew up in Pakistan where her family emigrated during the Taliban. She graduated from Punjab University in India.

Farahnaz introduction

Farahnaz attended high school in Afghanistan. Her family left Afghanistan during the Taliban to go as refugees to Iran, then Pakistan, so their children could go to school. She continues her higher education outside the country, and hopes to return to bring opportunities to Afghanistan, especially for women.

Farimah A. introduction

Farimah A. was born in 1990 in Takhar province in northern Afghanistan and spent eight years in Iran during the war. She finished high school in Kunduz, and received a scholarship to study in India. With a political science degree she works in the field of education for girls in Kabul.

Friba introduction

Friba was born in Kabul. She graduated with a degree in literature in 2009. Since finishing college, Friba has worked as an advocacy officer for victims of landmines and is a published writer in the field of literature and research.