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?
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.
Everybody searching, digging, hoping
To find family beneath the rubble.
God is not against love.
He loves the one who is in love.
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.
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 a good artist and had a block of stone, a hammer and chisel, I would carve a beautiful woman.
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.
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.