Mahnaz introduction

Mahnaz was born in western Afghanistan to a Shia family that placed high value on education. When she was eight years old, the Taliban came to power; Shias were particularly vulnerable to the Sunni Taliban threat. Fear and poverty forced the family to flee to Iran, where they faced economic and educational discrimination. After the fall of the Taliban, the family returned to Afghanistan, where Mahnaz studied hard and won a scholarship to continue her education abroad.

Dear Grandmother

Dear Grandmother

That winter was cold and icy. Your room was dark even with the small lantern, but you and grandfather brightened the surroundings with your kindness, stories, and the prayers.

My Wild Imagination

My Wild Imagination

I am one of those women with a wild imagination.
I want to see women running in the park,
unburdened by worries that someone may judge them.