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Behind the Veil:The untold Stories (1)

Rabia run breathlessly towards the outside yard to hide behind the fence near the gate of their house.This fence was like a wall that separated the entrance gate to two; one way for women to enter the house and come directly to women’s room and the other directly to the luxurious men’s guest room occupied by men in Rabia’s family. The women of the family were only allowed to visit that guest room during two hours in morning to clean and organize the room for male guests. Rabia used to secretly watch TV in men’s guest room while her mom and aunts used to clean the room. There was only one TV in the whole family house. Rabia was only 10 years old and the youngest of 8 children. Her eldest sister had three children at the age of 21. Rabia and her single sisters all lived in a big house for years, since she remembers. She had five uncles and they all lived together with their wives and children in one house. However, the men’s and women’s portions of life were very different. Men used to …

Short Stories (Behind the Veil: The untold Stories )

From now on, We will be writing short stories reflecting the untold stories of our society. Some of them will be known and most unknown. Most of the time, we do not want the hidden realities on to our faces, but unless we do not face the truth, we will not be able to challenge the hypocracies of our lives.
These stories are created fictions of young girls and boys from various parts of the world but mainly in south-asian region.

These stories will be fiction, translated from local language but based on the seen and heard realities of life. Your views will be welcomed to make this a learning process for all of us.

The Afghanistan Project: After the 2009 Presidential Elections

The Afghanistan Project in the coming five years:Like many Afghans of my generation, I was born during a communist coup d'etat, spent my childhood against the background of an anti- Soviet Mujahidin struggle, and became an adult during a civil war which resulted in the rule of the Taliban. In al three eras the transition of political power in Kabul was accompanied by bloodshed. This is an experience that millions of Afghans share. Given this violent past our present democracy does represent a change for the better despite all its shortcomings. Afghans have learned over the last eight years that political leadership can no longer be gained by force. This is a reality that is hard to understand unless one has lived in Afghanistan, and has experienced the many violent changes of power first hand. Even until as recently as eight years ago, overthrowing the regime in Kabul by using violence was considered normal, if not natural. If in the short period of eight years, Afghanistan has le…

The forgotten Perspective: For London Conference

These days the news about Afghanistan actually starts and ends with the London Conference and its expected outcomes. Around 70 countries of the world, as allies of the Afghan war and mission are going to attend the Conference and seek new or maybe promote the old ways of dealing with the Afghanistan conflict. However, there is another perspective to this conflict. A perspective that is overlooked as it isn’t of any threat but provides opportunities and its gateway towards ending the Afghan conflict. That is the forgotten perspective of Human Rights, not the International Declaration of Human Rights, nor the United Nations Coventions but the rights of an Afghan, an ordinary Afghan man and woman who is also countering insurgency. The insurgency of increased radicalization, the insurgency of poverty and the insurgency of injustice. There is growing concern among Afghan civil society activists that the international community has lost interest in helping to promote democratic values, incl…