I was so confused why she came from Kandahar to visit a doctor here in Quetta. I giggled and asked her if she missed the doctors of Quetta. She smiled back and didn’t say anything, although everyone seemed angry at my stupid question.
Yagana was born in Kandahar, one of five children. During the Taliban period, she and her family moved to Pakistan. She is currently studying business administration and wants to be a lawyer.
“Afshan and I miss you a lot. When are you coming home, Ahmed?” asked my mother. She repeated this three times, but still, my father didn’t reply.
Mom started crying. “Please, Ahmed, we love you. Come back, if not for me, then for our daughter. Afshan is not yet 16 years old.
My mother works for the United Nation Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, (UNAMA). One day, in March 2006, she came home from Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar Province very upset about a case. I asked her what worried her. “Is it something again about a female?”
“Yes, my dear,” she said. In the hospital was a girl of 13, Shukriya, from Helmand Province, who had tried to commit suicide.
Saliha was 15 years old when her father received 120,000 Pakistani rupees (about $1,425 USD) in return for agreeing to marry her. Her fiancé, Ghani, son of Baqi, was more than 30 years old, had been married once, and had children. He lived in Kandahar. Saliha was unhappy with her father’s decision but had no other choice than to follow his orders.