The winter came with
singing and dancing
bringing the message of peace
My heart breaks; my eyes weep; my body is burned out for our Afghan girls who are losing their lives in the fight for girls’ rights in Afghanistan.
I apologize not because I am a weak person,
or because I am shy,
or powerless, or immature, or poor.
By declaring jihad against the media, women will continue to be repressed, but without the world knowing.
People always argue that Islam says a man can marry four wives, but they don’t know circumstances under which God gave this permission.
The news was about a six-year-old Afghan girl who was going to have to marry a seventeen-year-old teenage boy because her father didn’t have money for his wife’s medical treatment.
Suddenly the man began abusing her by yelling, “You slut! Women have money to buy dresses and make-up, but you do not have money to buy the holy Quran.”
I still see the scare in that little boy’s eyes and saw how his heart was beating fast. His kindness saved me from possibly dying during the attack.
Recently a group of staff members of the Afghan parliament traveled to Europe to participate in a five-day leadership workshop. But in what seems to be a regular occurrence, four of the five did not return to Afghanistan.
History is changed by the small actions of ordinary people. —Zahra A.
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