When they leave,
Let them go happily.
For their purpose is fulfilled.



It’s okay if there is a storm inside of you.

Lonely Souls


Often times, some shining stars remain
Alone in the sky
For there is a reason why other stars are gone



What were you thinking?
You could get away with Betrayal?

My Mother’s Cancer


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.

My Dream

college campus

I feel like the luckiest girl on Earth. It’s like a dream to be able to go to college in the United States. I used to hear about the United States in books only. Now I made it, and I am looking forward to studying and having my dream come true, Inshallah.

Grandma’s Kitchen


Crowded as a fish market
With walls as white as a glass of milk
It is a place of love

Yagana introduction

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.

Part of Our Lives Now


“Oh my God—we’ve been attacked by a suicide bomber,” Mursal shouted. I was scared but I didn’t shout because I didn’t want Mursal to be scared even more. It was Mursal’s first time to experience such a blast, though I had experienced an earlier deadly explosion at the Indian Embassy.


“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.