When I was thirteen, I woke up from my childhood and stepped into the real world of challenges. In Afghanistan the most important consideration is our culture.
I remember crossing the Kabul River and asking my father to pick me up so that I could see the river flowing. It was spring and that small river looked so big to me with so much water from the rain.
In Afghanistan there are still women who are passing their lives as slaves because they have given birth to baby girls instead of baby boys. And then their husband will get to marry another woman to produce baby boys, turning the wife into the family’s servant.
Fahima was born in Kabul but but grew up in Pakistan. She works with nonprofit organizations in Afghanistan and is a university student studying medicine.
I will sing and moan even if this becomes the only routine of my daily life. I will do it until the mountains and all of nature can hear it.