In the Life

The essays below have been submitted by Afghan women and girls. Most of the articles have been lightly edited to assist with English grammar by Alliance volunteers, but the ideas, thoughts, and sentiments are all directly from the Afghan authors. At the request of the authors, many of the authors' names have been changed to protect their identity.

How Can You Get A Scholarship?

Advice from an Afghan student as to how to apply for scholarships.

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Dream It. Believe It. Achieve It.

Live beautifully and dream passionately.

I have a dream that one day people will be able to live in peace in my country.
I have a dream that one day we will be able to find humanity everywhere in each corner of our country.
I have a dream that one day a girl will be able to live her dreams in her reality, that a mother will be no longer worried when her daughter going to school.

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There Was a Girl by Name of Yasmeen

There was a girl by name of Yasmeen. She was one daughter of her parents and had three brothers. Her father loved her a lot that’s why they were doing whatever she was requesting. While she was an age of six, she really hoped to go to school like her friends and it was one of her big wish. When her brothers were studying or writing homework’s she was also sitting with them. When she became seven years old. She told to her father to admit her in school and told him that I also want to go to school like my brothers are going. As they were crustily cultural type so her father didn’t want to admit her so, he told her that I will think about it.

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Women's Rights in Afghanistan

Women have an important role in the society. They have the same rights as men. They are equal. In the past, women couldn’t study, work or wear stylish clothes. They didn’t have any roles or the freedom they should have. They couldn’t raise their voice for freedom. But now, women can work and study in general. They can go outside, and do what they want.

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A New Term Begins

Today I am wise, strange and silent
Like an ocean that never talks
Only spreads its waves to the people’s heart
And take away their pain

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Finishing School

I will be leaving school in one month, and our exams start in two weeks. We have 15 subjects and every subject has 50 or 60 questions. We should remember them all and be well prepared in every subject. My favourite subjects at school are Biology, Dari, Pashto, Economics, English, two subjects that are about our holy Islam and others. After the exams my classmates and I will have a party; it will be the last party where we will all be together. Then we will separate and I don’t know how and when we will meet each other.

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My Story

My name is [Fatima]. I’m 15 years old. I was born in Pakistan on 15 February.

My father is a business man and my mother was a doctor. I have five sisters and one brother. My two elder sisters have graduated from high school and are now in college. My first sister wants to be a doctor. My second sister wants to be a lawyer.

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My Best Friend and I

My best friend and I are like two red roses in a spring garden

We are happy and share everything like two sweet children

We are like twins

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Nuwroz

Nuwroz is the Eid for fire worshippers. Fire worshipper have two days in the year to celebrate it. The first day is Mahirjan and the second is Nowruz.

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Afghan Girl

I am Parvana. I want to share some words of an Afghan girl’s life. I hope you will like it.

Afghan girls are faced with big problems. But people never say it is a problem, they are hard and say I am worthless and I should suffer all these problems. My heart is broken.

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Dreaming of a Bright Future for Afghanistan

Because of 3 decades of war in Afghanistan most people left school and emigrated to other countries and now also there are some people who don’t consider the happiness of Afghans and they try to ruin Afghanistan. They prevent us from making progress and rebuilding Afghanistan.

The person with a family full of hope will make sure he gets a good education so that he can have a happy life himself and serve his people and his country. But that person could be killed at any moment.

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Human Beauty

First of all I would like to ask who is a human and when can a human be beautiful or become beautiful? Well, a human is someone who has humanity and knows who they are. And if someone has a strong feeling about humanity or thinks about what humanity really is, would it be easy to find the answer?

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The Pediatric Ward at Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar

Let me tell you about the improvements of the situation in Kandahar during the last seven years, for example we will talk about the pediatric ward in Mirwais hospital. Seven years ago the pediatric ward had the capacity of twenty patients and there were just ordinary rooms with no specialized equipments, not even oxygen concentrators were available.

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My Story

In the name of Allah. My name is Zulhijja. I am from Afghanistan. I live in Kandahar province. I was born in 1992 in Kandahar city. Kandahar is a very good city. People are very kind and help and work with each other. It has a lot of mountains and gardens and it is very beautiful because there are a lot of trees and good weather.

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An 18 year old student describes her impression of the Afghan Canadian Community Center in Kandahar

The center is such a social place to learn and know about the English language and culture. Most of the students do not have much experience with English before coming to the center. It is a little difficult when a student takes the admission test for the class.

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My Childhood

In the name of the Almighty Allah. My name is Narges and I am 28 years old. I was born in 1983 in Kandahar Province. I want to tell you about my childhood. I went to my mother to tell me about my childhood. She said I was a quiet and pretty girl. For this reason, they always called me Shaima. Shaima means "like the moon."

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Shiite Afghan Women Rise Up From Silence

One year ago, on April 15, 2009, a cloudy day, the hearts of Afghan women in Kabul were full of foreboding. The women who had risen from the ashes of Talibani injustice, planned to gather in front of a mosque and Madrasa(seminary) that supported the discriminating Shiite Personal Status Law. Everything was arranged. The Ministry of Interior Affairs and the Police were informed and the women had a sanctioned letter from them. The women planned to have a calm demonstration to protest against a dogmatic and misogynic law which would affect women's rights.

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Judge Mahfuza's Story

The war started in our county when I joined school. At that time, the security situation was getting worse by the day. When I finished school, I could not continue my higher education due to economic problems, and I started work with the Ministry of Higher Education. Later on, I joined non-governmental organizations such as ASHINA (street’s children), as a teacher, and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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Letter from Afghanistan

To have a peer look on over all, the situation in Afghanistan is worsening day by day specially in term of security. However during past five years some achievements has been made in different aspects, but still the situation remains fragile and effects the Afghan lives particularly women.

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My Trip to India

I left for India on Friday, March 20, 2009 at 9:45 in the morning Afghanistan time. We arrived there in 45 minutes, arriving at 12:00 p.m. Indian time in Delhi international Airport by a plane.

I was there in India for CEDAW Shadow report writing training. The training was organized by IWRAW and AWSDC. I was there as an observer and also to gain knowledge about the Shadow report writing. The training was from 21 to 25 March. It means we stayed in India from 20 to 26 March and we left there early in the morning.

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Instability in Peshawar

The main purpose of my article is to discuss instability in Peshawar. There are three main causes of instability in Peshawar: power shortages, economics and terrorism crises.

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Nowroze (first day of the year) in Afghanistan

It is in the culture of Afghanistan that Afghans celebrate the first day of the year and call that day Nowroze (new day). On this day every one cheers and wears their new clothes. Everyone looks happy and goes on picnic or celebrates this day in their homes. Some people do good works and cheer because they believe that everything which they do on the first day of the year will happen to them all year long.

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Exercise

If you want to be a healthy person, you must exercise regularly, so I exercise every morning at my home. I walk up and down the stairs for five to seven minutes. After exercise, I take one glass of water with an apple.

It is better to exercise outside than at home because we can breathe fresh air in an open area. But I can’t go outside due to the dangerous security situation in Peshawar.

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Fawzia's Story

This is Fawzia an Afghan girl from Peshawar, Pakistan. I live with my brothers, sisters and stepmother. I have a very large family, I have 10 sisters and five brothers from two mothers. All my brothers and sisters are well educated. Four of my brothers and five of my sisters are living in different parts of world with their families and the rest of our family is living here in Peshawar, Pakistan.

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Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a country little known by people in the outside world. Whenever the name Afghanistan is spoken, only the worst and most unfavorable images come into everyone’s mind. In reality, Afghanistan is an ancient country in Asia that houses a multitude of social and cultural forces. Many kinds of people with their own types of natural beauty live here. So here I am going to give some knowledge that I personally obtained from careful examination about my lovable country to those Afghans and to anybody who is interested to know about Afghanistan.

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My Wishes

Well, our life is full of wishes and desires and we never stop wishing and dreaming and each means a lot to us that we think if my wish comes true, then I don’t need anything and that would be the best day of my life...

I have many dreams and desire too that each means the world for me and if I get them come true so for me that would be a great day of my life.

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Traditional Wedding in Afghanistan

When a boy and a girl want to get married, the boy sends a marriage proposal to girl’s home. Once the girl’s parents accept the proposal, they give chocolates to the boy’s elders. The elders now enjoy eating the chocolates. The elders eat the chocolates immediately.

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A DAY IN MY LIFE!!!!!!!!

The day that I will never forget is that when I got first position at first. When my teacher gave me the results, I felt very proud, and my teacher gave me a lot of best wishes. I will never forget that because I took first position at first with lots of difficulties. That is why I will never forget that day.

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The Teacher

Teaching is the most honorable and respected profession in the world. A teacher may be as influential as a parent. All societies give a high place to teachers and honor them as the builders of society.

Teachers should be respected because they teach us the ways of life, its ups and downs. and give us education by which we can improve ourselves and make a place in society. Teachers give light to our minds and hearts and take us away from the darkness of illiteracy and wildness. We can say that we are in darkness and education is light, so the teacher is like candle and gives light to us.

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