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Throwing wood – a tradition of early engagement among Afghans

Throwing wood – a tradition of early engagement among Afghans

In Badakhshan province, when a girl in one family and a boy in another family are born on the same day, the boy-child’s relatives might throw a log of wood into the compound of the house where the girl was born. The log represents a message of the girl’s family that the boys’ relatives wish .. read more

25
Feb
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Are interethnic marriages still a taboo for Afghans?

Are interethnic marriages still a taboo for Afghans?

Every morning she wakes up with her favorite Pashto good-morning greeting “sahar pakhair” and I respond in Dari “sobh bakhair” explains Said Noor Ahmad, who is 25 and a Pashtun from Herat province. Two years ago while a student, he met the love of his life Zahra, who is a Hazara. Afghanistan is a mosaic .. read more

18
Feb
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Nine cows and a new man

Nine cows and a new man

‘Nine cows and a new man’ (noh gaow wa mard naw in Persian) is a traditional expression for a newborn baby among families in Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan, where it is believed that a girl-child is worth nine cows. The birth of a boy-child (mard naw), on the other hand, is believed to be a guarantee .. read more

16
Feb
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‘Eid Bowl (akhtarisa kassa)

‘Eid Bowl (akhtarisa kassa)

‘Eid bowl (or akhtarisa kassa in Pashtu) is a long-standing cultural tradition practiced by rural communities belonging to different ethnic groups in Kandahar province. On the first day of the ‘Eid festival, members of many rural households will embrace each other and prepare food at home that they bring in an Eid bowl to be .. read more

08
Feb
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Lets engage!

Lets engage!

There have always been concerns about the participation of youth in Afghan society given that Afghanistan holds one of the largest percentages of youth populations in the world, with a staggering 63% of the population being under the age of 25. “We are the majority but we have a little and inadequate share in society,” .. read more

24
Dec
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Making our lives better

Making our lives better

Zamzama is a young woman from Laghman province who recently finished school and volunteered for community work. She says: “I am very fortunate that my family has supported me in my studies, and I’m able to discuss my wishes and dreams for my life with them. Many Afghan girls do not have the opportunity to .. read more

09
Dec
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Overcoming family challenges

Overcoming family challenges

A challenge in one area of your life can affect other aspects. Worrying about these can drain a lot of your energy and make you too tired to deal effectively with other problems such as disagreements with relatives or friends. The lives of most Afghans revolves around the family, which makes our reliance on each .. read more

01
Dec
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Transmitting Culture from one Generation to the Next

Transmitting Culture from one Generation to the Next

Hashar is a part of the culture of the communities in the eastern zone, especially in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, which has created an atmosphere of brotherhood among the people in the social life, it helps to reduce hatred at the community level and to keep the spirit of cooperation among the communities alive. Laying .. read more

09
Nov
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Struggle for a Better Life

Struggle for a Better Life

The lives of people living in remote areas of Afghanistan, especially young men and women, begin with a series of family, economic and social problems. Arif Iftikhari, a 25-year old educator who grew up in Bamyan, says: “There is no need to remain silent about these problems, but it is very important that everyone should .. read more

02
Nov
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Turning a Problem into a Public Discourse

Turning a Problem into a Public Discourse

People in two districts of Bamyan (Waras and Yakawlang) have decided to end the exorbitant costs of weddings and dowries. As a result of many meetings and a communal decision, the practice will be abolished gradually. Young people have played a direct role in the process and had a significant contribution to making this decision .. read more

28
Oct
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