Safia R. introduction

Safia R. lived in Kabul and Jalalabad for most of her life. During the Taliban era when she was not allowed to attend school, she studied secretly and later finished a university degree. She works on behalf of gender equity.

Stupid Wife

Stupid Wife

The front seats of the bus were filled with male students. One boy stood to give the man his seat. As the bus driver started driving, his wife and little boy walked toward the back.

Snow

Snow

She lived in the north,
on that side of Salang.
I see pails of snow there
on the big rocks—

Brothers

Brothers

When he cut the roots of my grape garden,
He said: “Die of hunger.”
When he closed the door of my school,
He said: “Die of ignorance.”