On Killing the Cartoonists

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Charlie Hebdo’s staff knew what they were doing; they knew the risk they were taking and I think they thoughtfully made cartoons to outrage Muslims, which succeeded, and led to their own deaths.

Don’t Embarrass Me

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Please don’t try to shake my hand
It is haram, Islam tells me
not to shake hands with men

In Peshawar, I Pray for Peace

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I wish for understanding for the murdered children and am praying for peace in the world.

Me and Others

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Under my control are my heart, my feelings,
my wants, and I choose to be compassionate.
Yet suffering and sickness are human too—
Lying, cheating, selfishness, hatred.

They Do Love Me Too

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He teaches me to bike when no one is home
He tells me the stories of outside
He always leaves half of his food for me

International Human Rights Day 2014

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We must make sure that no one has control over women’s lives and women’s bodies, but women themselves,

Gender Divide

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I can fall in love
And leave when I tire of it
I can smoke while walking freely
under the rain …

Misunderstanding Rape

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The cultural ideology that women are property, devoid of rights or dignity, is the fundamental reason rape is perpetuated in Afghanistan.

American Troops Please Stay

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If they leave too soon, Afghanistan will become insecure for Afghans living here and also for visitors. Our country will be secure only for terrorism and terrorist activities.

Why Fear

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I wanted to dance. Fear locked my feet and arms.
I wanted to shout back at men on the street.
Fear told me only bad girls talk back… don’t shame your family…