Justice for Shakila, Justice for Women was one of the slogans I shouted in front of the Human Rights office and Parliament in a protest march.
When I was eleven I wished I could be an astronaut when I grew up. I heard there had never been a woman on the moon.
You might say, “This is crazy. You are only one person. You cannot fight against an entire government.” But I remind people who say this, that revolutions start with one person.
Being different in Afghanistan is a crime worse than lying, worse than gossip, worse than being lazy.
I have many stories of the school principal, Hafiz. I always disagree with him. I think he is more like a guard than a principal. He always says: “Do this, do that.”
Then I felt guilty, and I told myself, “God will eat you, Fatima. Stop what are you saying.”
In Bamiyan my family and I also climbed the Buddhas to the top. It takes about 25 minutes to climb. It is dangerous because you might fall, so you have to take a guide with you.
One day in physics class we were surprised when the politics teacher came instead of the physics teacher and he gave us a speech about the disasters Afghanistan will face in 2014 after the American troops leave.