The Heartwarming Winter in Afghanistan


I hate winter’s icy cold weather, the lack of equipment, the sea of mud it creates afterwards, but I love the warmth winter brings to people’s hearts and how it brings people closer.

How Women Feed the Patriarchy


A child dictated to his mother how his older sister should dress and threatened to kill his sister if she didn’t, and his mother found it entertaining.

On Killing the Cartoonists


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.

An Eternal Journalist


My voice does not shake when I speak
I look in your eyes
And ask my questions
Standing upright like Hindu Kush

The Dishonored Honor of Paghman


“I can’t help but to imagine what the household men felt when they heard their women’s screams and crying while they were raped by thieves. Probably it’s the worst punishment for a man to see his honor get dishonored. God damn these rapists; they should be punished to death.”

My Glass Bangles Jingle on Eid


My glass bangles sing out
To remind me that Eid is here

Ocean of Love and Death


The blue ocean seems dark to the eyes of a disappointed heart.
The ocean bears no beauty but loss.

My Father, Conqueror of My Heart

family on motorcycle

Here’s the truth behind an Afghan man
But let me not tell you,
Let me show you.

When We Were Kings and Queens


When I think of my childhood, I remember the old days
when I was a little girl, with black braided hair like goat horns.

Stand Up for Your Rights: An Action Call to Women


Where is that fearless woman who says “enough is enough,” goes to court, and divorces an abusive husband?