Raha introduction

Raha is a university student in Afghanistan where she is studying political science and gender studies.

The Streets Are Also Mine

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I am blessed with a great family who supports equal education for girls and boys.

Burning Farkhunda, Burning Our Beliefs

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It sounded ridiculous to me—a woman in Kabul, daring to burn our Qur’an?

My Untouched Soul

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He came to marry me
To buy me a necklace
An Arabic golden ring.

Zemestan hay Kabul!

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Winters in Kabul were so cold. But more than the cold, winter was like the season of disaster and madness.

Do Not End This Poem

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I am taller than my book of poems
And heavier for burying so many stories

Heart of a Warrior

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She looks out at you, abroad, in your newspapers,
from your websites, and she knows you are looking

Chai Sia

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Inside the kitchen,
sitting in front of the boiling water,
My heart is boiling together with stress, and his voice
Cuts my senses with a sharp knife.

Violence Can Never Bring Peace

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Taliban, you make my body a shell empty from the inside.

Shame on Taliban

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Cowardly Taliban prove once again – through the tragedy in Peshawar – what the world already knows about them. Their evil acts are inhuman and uncivilized.