A Good Father, a Hero

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My father had the best smile. I called him Padar Jan. Father. He would reply Bale, dukhtarum. Yes, my daughter.

The Power of Our Pens: American U. to Build a Mosque for Women

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I wrote about this, how women were not welcome at the new mosque for men.

Mami, Bobo, Maman, Heaven Is Under Your Feet

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Mother is the loveliest word in the world. She is a huge gift from Allah to us.

I’m Talking to You

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Oh corruption!
You are the darkness!
The long road filled with horror

The Woman in Me Is My Mother

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Without an alarm clock, she limited her sleep to five hours a night, rising early each morning to wake us with a jug of fresh juice in her hand.

These Days

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These days
I am afraid to go on social media
I don’t have strength for more bad news
There is silence in Afghanistan

A Dark Night

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A nightmare
The clock tick tocks
My heart beats fast

Bride

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One wing for peace
Another wing for stability
Together they fly

Letter to an Orphan

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I know you lost your father and mother
To war, to suicide attacks
And bomb blasts.
I know you wish it had been you who died

The Woman in the Mirror

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I see you overwhelmed by unfairness
But you rise again and again