Culture Shock: Pet Vaccines and Bikinis


Seeing whole body tattoos was shocking. What if the design gets boring next year? Or what if a man’s wife does not like it?

A Mistake

two friends

Shabnam is still explaining her story with an excited and joyful tone. Suddenly, she lets go of my hand and she waves to the guys by the car. They look at us and wave back.

Angry Mountain

Badakhshan 2

Everybody searching, digging, hoping
To find family beneath the rubble.

Break the Rule


God is not against love.
He loves the one who is in love.

You Are a Woman, Do Not Tell Anyone!


Would I have to marry at twelve years old? I knew this could happen. My aunt had to marry after only one month, and many people still follow this tradition in Afghanistan.

Mud Puddle Puppy


He threw the ball several times and I brought it for him. Every time he gave me a piece of delicious fish.

If I Were an Artist

contemplating sculpture

If I were a good artist and had a block of stone, a hammer and chisel, I would carve a beautiful woman.

My Childhood, part 2

pumping well

I enjoyed life in Iran because we had electricity and we did not have to pump the well for ten minutes just to fill a 20-liter barrel. We did not have to carry our clothes to the river to do our laundry.

My Childhood, part 1

Baker woman

We had a dog we kept for security and we would feed him bread that fell onto the coals. I remember one day when my youngest brother and I were very hungry and had nothing to eat.

The Mulberry Tree


When I was about five years old, my grandmother had a big mulberry tree in her yard. She would sweep the mulberries that already covered the yard in the early mornings.