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Education for everyone

Education for everyone

It is common for Afghan girls to be deprived of their basic right to education. Some Afghans believe girls are born to be housewives, give birth, raise children and stay at home. At the same time, these Afghans would not take their women to male doctors. Najia was stopped by her oldest brother from going .. read more

16
Aug
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Abilities overshadowed by disability

Abilities overshadowed by disability

Like any other child, my birth was normal, but the only thing making me different was my half-paralyzed lower part of the body. Therefore, I was not treated like a normal child. I was always being insulted at home by my own family. They thought I was a burden and that God gave me to .. read more

05
Aug
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Forgiving cruelty

Forgiving cruelty

Sometimes I wonder how someone can become so cruel to take someone else’s comfort away. There should be something behind cruelty. Everything happens for a reason but human cruelty must have multiple reasons. I still remember being attacked for a few materially worthless things, but those things were all I had at the time. I .. read more

12
Jul
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Struggle in the world of hopelessness

Struggle in the world of hopelessness

I thought it was like my toys and dolls playing and making fun. When I was playing with my toys and dolls, I would marry them to each other, and sometimes even throw them away. Dolls are too peaceful; it is we who make them harsh. They never harm each other though they do not .. read more

20
Jun
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The power of a dream

The power of a dream

Deda was born to a traditional Afghan family. She was allowed to finish her secondary education but when it was time for higher education, cultural inhibitions got in the way and she had to leave university in the second year of her studies. Her father was supporting her, but her mother and other family members .. read more

03
Jun
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Blind rage

Blind rage

“When my brother was acting violently towards the family”, recalled Nawaz, “my nieces and nephews started to copy him. He was expressing all his pain in a violent way towards the family, which was not good.” Nawaz’s brother got married eight years ago in Herat province. At the beginning of his marriage, for a year .. read more

28
May
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Evil in a crate of fruit

Evil in a crate of fruit

Shabnam, not her real name, lived 20 kilometers to the north of Kabul city in a small rural village. She kept coming for treatment to Shamal Orthopedic Hospital in Kotal-e Khair Khana, Kabul. Shabnam was suffering from bone fractures because she had been beaten by her husband a year ago; she had still not fully .. read more

20
May
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Forgotten Dreams

Forgotten Dreams

Throughout my schooling, I was interested in cameras and in taking photos. My family could not afford to buy me a camera. Teachers’ day was the only occasion at school when things that fell outside the curriculum were allowed. These included music, dancing, taking pictures and eating inside the class.    I seized any opportunity to .. read more

14
May
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Violence at home and outside

Violence at home and outside

  Violence is still one of the biggest challenges for Afghan citizens. Unfortunately violence is for many people a reality of life. Many people blame illiteracy, traditional customs and the clash of values (i.e. between personal and social values) as reasons behind violence.  The root causes of it differ from one context to the next. .. read more

10
May
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Setting an Example

Setting an Example

Amina Rahimi, born in 1992, has embarked on an ambitious mission. She has funded a small food factory for poor women supporting then to earn a living and support their own families. With a bachelor degree in journalism from Balkh University, Amina is determined to break new grounds. Amina’s life was full of ups and .. read more

11
Apr
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