Marzila was born in Kabul in 1980 and studied at high school until her family emigrated to Pakistan. She finished her education in 2002 with a Master’s degree. She now works with a health organization in Afghanistan.
She was sweet— a girl—
and precious as diamonds or a single pearl,
Wazira’s father vowed to God that if our cow got better he would give one of our daughters to anyone who asked for her for free.
I took her hand, and said, “Are you not going to invite me to your wedding?” She pulled her hand back and hid her young face behind her scarf.
According to Islamic law, a woman’s share of an inheritance is half the amount of a man’s. To some people this may seem unfair.
Four months after the fighting broke out in Kabul among the Mujahideen factions, our neighborhood was empty. Various ethnic groups occupied specific parts of Kabul.
I was born during the war, and war is all we have known.