In Peshawar, I Pray for Peace


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

A Lonely Rain


Me and my loneliness. An empty world.

On a Sleepless Night I Dream of Peace

Sardar memorial

I watched the news on the execution-style killing of nine people—including foreigners—in a strongly guarded luxury hotel in Kabul during Nowruz on March 21.

Power of Islam


Under Islam, men and women are meant to share equal roles in the family and society.

Many Meanings


I have heard many meanings
Life is beautiful, an endless sea of love
A broken mirror of the heart

Voices of Afghanistan: It’s Not about Clothing

three Kabul women in the 1970s

I think people like to talk about Aryana and pay attention to what she wears because she is the best female singer from Afghanistan.

The Importance of Family


I am the mother of six: I have two daughters and four sons. Our little house is always full of love and compassion.

Real Wealth Is Love


I had never met my fiancé until the engagement.

My Memory of One Afghan Mother and Daughter

daughter and mother

Instead of taking them to Iran for medical treatment as he promised, he brought them to a village in Uruzgan province and sold them to a family.

Nearly Lost in Translation

blue mosque

At the airport I found a man holding a piece of paper with my name on it. I walked up to him and said “Hello I am Mariam from Afghanistan.” He replied in Turkish.