The World in My Imagination


Some wear smiles
Some wear tears

Afghanistan My Poor Country


Where we don’t know if a good bye
will be our last good bye

First Daughter, Part 2


I feel thankful for my family believes in my dreams
My heart is full of joy

Sweeta introduction

Sweeta is a university student in Afghanistan. She lived in Kazakhstan until ninth grade and speaks Russian, Urdu, and English in addition to Dari.

The Goodbye Moment


My grandmother used to say, “You never know the value of what you have until you lose it.”

Women Not Welcome at the University Mosque


In Afghanistan, women are deprived of many rights. The right to go to the mosque is one of them.

Riding a Bicycle, a Forbidden Joy


It will be so exhilarating to go far from my house and ride through the town, passing hotels, restaurants, friends’ and neighbors’ houses.

Sumaia introduction

Sumaia was born in Mashhad, Iran. She lived in Iran until she was 13 and her family returned to their province in northern Afghanistan.

This Heart Cries


This heart cries
For those innocent souls
Who had just tasted the
Sweetness of life

Bringing in the New Year in Mazar-e-Sharif


On either the last night of New Year, or the night before the New Year, I go to my room early. I turn off the lamp and light a candle. I sit and talk to myself and I write.