*photograph & identity of the young woman has been removed from site for her safety
Everyone, please meet a dear friend and courageous young woman from Afghanistan. I am proudly publishing a poem she has written, a true testament to the many brave and strong women of Afghanistan, in her honor and with her gracious permission. Her message is loud and clear, to all women who have been or are oppressed.
Sister, Don’t Be Discouraged
April 6th, 2009
Afghan woman, don’t be discouraged, desperate. You are a champion
Even though they have kept you far from knowledge
Be a fighter, try to seek knowledge
So that you may be wise, knowing good from bad and friends from enemies
Life is worthless if there is no knowledge and skills
In reality all living beings are meant to learn
Even the Islamic faith has obligated learning for men and women
So that no one is left without knowledge of the world
Afghan maiden! Why be deprived of literacy? And why be hopeless your whole life?
You are no less in skills and intelligence than others
Learn from Malalais who are your kind
Their names shine eternally like the name of our country and land shines
Be determined, fear no difficulty, find your path!While the destination is far, you will reach the caravan
In the chosen path if you fall a hundred times, stand up again
Hopelessness and defeat are not the traits of a champion
(I) am your companion in this battle
Dusk is not eternal, dawn draws nearer
It means that time is passing, and after the end of each darkness there is light.
Do not give up trying. At the end you will be more knowledgeable and reach your purpose.
To see the poem in Arabic, go to http://www.24sahat.com/content/view/410/21/.
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