Brave Rukhshana
She stood against slavery and forced marriage
For this, men stoned her to death and
Hurled stones at her dreams

Her fault was being a woman in love 
Wishing to marry the man of her choice
Running away from the slavery of men
Dreaming of a life with a man her age

Her dream was buried in a gruesome way
Rukhshana cried and screamed for help
No one helped
The stones were thrown harder

When will these atrocities end?
When will Afghan girls be free to
Choose their life partner?
When will the rapes and the forced marriages end?

By Shekiba

Photo: Eric Kanalstein / UNAMA