I had never met my fiancé until the engagement.
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.
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.
There is a proverb that says women are like a piece of cloth. The parents put a price on their daughters the same way they price a piece of material for sale.
I said to my cousin, “Please don’t let him take a second wife. It is unfair to you. If he marries again what will happen to you? You will not be tolerated at all.”
Unite, my honorable compatriots.
Let us raise our voices together,
today, on International Peace Day.
At the same time my brother-in-law’s son entered our home. My mother-in-law immediately shouted, “Congratulations to my grandchildren who are now candidates to each other!”
Their innocent smiles will calm the atmosphere in our home
Come let us laugh, and our world will laugh with us
I asked, “are you the moon?”
She said, “even higher”
I inquired, “the sun?”