Their Hearts Were Made of Stone

i-am-farkhunda

In the Dari language, farkhunda means “happiness.”

Zamarad introduction

Zamarad is a university student who was born in Kabul, but her family left Afghanistan during the Taliban years for Pakistan. She attended school there until the family returned several years later.

Promise

dog-and-cat

I am not promising
I will not change

Zahra W. introduction

Zahra W. lives in Pakistan as a refugee with her family. She has two younger sisters.

I Moan

i-am-farkhunda

How long will we write about the
suffering of Afghan women?
When will it stop?

Rainbow

yalda-kabul_rainbow

I once read how if a person prays during a rainfall, the prayer will be heard.

Zahra H. introduction

Zahra H. was born in 1994 in Iran, the daughter of a shopkeeper, and her family returned to Bamiyan province when she was ten. She works in refugee assistance and she would like to get a master’s degree and become a university teacher.

My Multilingual Country

afghan-language-map

Hazaregi has some words that don’t exist in standard Dari, like samtoo, which means “very much.” Joor is a Hazaregi word for “hand.”

Dividing the Power for Unity

power-sharing-deal

I believe the new government that has just been formed by a political agreement rather than a transparent vote count, will try to bring national unity by trying to bring together the ethnic groups.

Once in a While

children-with-new-shoes

Come. Be like the stars—
Start a new life full of love
for our homeland,
for our children who live here.