Eid Mubarak to My Family and May We Know Peace


I replied, “Thank you and same for you. I really miss you all.” But in truth I wished that nobody would wish me Eid Mubarak because then I started to cry.

There Is No Justice in Afghanistan, Only Shouts and Curses


This is a land of horror and shouting where all are depressed and disappointed.

Masooda S. introduction

Masooda S. grew up in Kabul and attends university where she is studying foreign languages. She hopes to get her master’s degree and become a translator.

On Surprises and Wishes


Life is a gift full of unpredictable beauty and strange surprises.

Do We Care Enough about Justice for an Afghan Woman? 


The people who judged the case on the high court are in some ways like those who killed Farkhunda.

My Father’s Story: Tales of a Teacher and the Taliban

father and child

“I was born in a green and beautiful village in 1944. My father was the village’s master, so we were almost rich and had lots of lands and gardens.”

I Knew a Girl


Just a street girl
Watching people all day

Maryam O. introduction

Maryam O. was born in Kabul province in the early years of the Taliban. Her family spent several years in Pakistan and Iran. She is a university student and hopes to study business administration.

My Mother Taught Me to Be Strong


She lost two of her young brothers in bombings in one week and then two months later, her other two brothers were killed by Russian soldiers.

Masooda R. introduction

Masooda R. was born in Kabul, the daughter of a shopkeeper, but the family spent four years in Pakistan during the Taliban years and she attended school there. She is a medical student.