“Fire” by Nilofar

Imagine you have a story to tell. It is a story about hope, loss, tragedy and courage. It’s your story. Now imagine trying to write this story having grown up in a country where education was denied to you, where telling your story has been criminalized. And then picture writing it in a second language. 
The women of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, some not even teenagers yet, are doing exactly this: fighting to tell their stories. Despite the risks, these developing writers are driven by the need to share their voice.
TBL is proud to present these brave women’s work.


by Nilofar

I am fire —
No water can put out my flames
No soil can smother my voice
My nature is not hopeless
I want to overcome evil
I am the fire —
That will destroy the cowards
Give voice to Afghan women
Burn down prisons
And show the world their oppressed faces
I am fire —
I want to burn
Though I know I will turn to ashes—
I’ll sacrifice my own breath
To give you back your happiness

The above has been reprinted with permission from awwproject.org

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