And the father who sold his daughter…

​It’s been a year since last time I was at home with my family. There in my village I was invited to a wedding by those families which are living in our neighborhood and in my village it’s a must-do practice inviting all of the villagers in a wedding.

I went to the wedding party, but faced with the saddest party one would ever be faced with. Everyone except the father of the bride was sad in those moments both for the groom’s age which was aequal to the age of the bride’s father, and the groom’s (first) wife. or in other words; the bride was more like the daughter of that old man, than his wife.

 I know that girl (bride) since she was born. She is hardly 14. The man whom she was to marry is a local businessman and already have a big family; two daughters and three sons. 

That wedding was actually, exchanging; the fate of a woman and the whole life of that girl with money. 

The same story is happening tonight. A 16 years old girl is getting married to a man who has the age of her father. Actually, the man who is going to be her husband, is the closest friend of her father.

I know this girl too, who in the next few hours going to be the stepmother of five teenagers, who are more like her brothers and sisters, than her step-daughter/son. 

You would ask yourself that, what is the relationship between these two stories?  Except the hard life, which is living by the first groom, and is waiting for the second one. 

Well, Because the first story is happened in my village -Nawur, Ghazni, Afghanistan and the second one is happening now (22:05) in the Kabul city, the capital of the country. 
The organizations which are working to keep the women’s basic rights safe, in Afghanistan, have said that child-marriage is happening just in remote villages, where is not under the control of the government and people often sell their daughters in exchange of the money or farmland. But now in the capital of the country, in Kabul; me and hundreds of people like me, including the women/children rights activists are attending to such weddings party without thinking about that girl, and the kind of life she is forced to live in. 

☆ I was writing while I was inside the car (an excuse for the mistakes) coming back from an event which is going to be the start of another tragedy, that the Afghan girls have to be faced with. Sexual harassment of women, girls and children, is the other one and there are many ones…

The images are googled

The enlightening movement.

Well, you know that what is going on in my country. But let’s have a brief summary of the latest news and information:
The enlightening movement in Afghanistan started its activities almost two months ago, under the #stand against the systematic discrimination motto.
Because;
Afghanistan government has changed the route of a PowerLine from its main route the Bamyan province (a poverty stricken one) to another district Parwan province ,Salang (through which many PowerLine passed) deliberately, to make the situation of development more worse for the mainly Hazara residents of the province; in accordance to the enlightening movement.
On May 17th 2016 the enlightening movement marched to the streets of the Kabul city and protest.
the protesters had decided to gather in front of the Arg (the presidential palace of Afghanistan)
While The night before the demonstration, government of the country blocked the roads ending in the presidential palace by containers. Protesters ended their protest at the #dehmazan square.
The government didn’t accept the movement’s request to pass the PowerLine through (its most appropriate route, according to the Fitchner company) Bamyan.
On July 23rd 2016, once again the enlightening movement marched to the streets of the city to protest and ask equality. They believe that the government is treating the citizens differently, according to the people’s ethnicity.
On july 23rd July, again the government blocked the roads by containers. Protesters announced the Dehmazang square as their sit-in.
In that peaceful and civic protest,  Stop discrimination against hazaras, we have equal rights, equality, and we want TUTAP via Bamyan were the slogans being chanted by the demonstrators.
But,
Around 2:35 pm two suicide bombers attacked the gathering killing at least 80 people, mostly social and civic activists, University students, Masters, PhDs, writers and many other innocent people, mostly civilian and injuring more than 250 people.
Though the ISIL claimed the responsibility of that dreadful attack, but people believe that the lack of security and government shortages to provide safety for a peaceful demonstration; are the main cause of the attack.
The government created a commission to find out the details about the attack, and answer the raised questions. But the enlightening movement says that the government itself is behind the attack and by creating the commission wants to show/proof itself innocent. The enlightening movement announced that it doesn’t accept the results of the searches of the government commission. The enlightening movement wants international criminal court and other international courts to start their investigations about the attack.

Now, the enlightening movement wants to make the world hear its voice, by starting a twitterstorm on july 29th 2016 at 9:00 am. The activists and users will use the #enlightenment , #enlighteningmovement and many other hash tags, tomorrow.
I will join their campaign, how about you?

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

Let’s go…

Hi everyone!
“We are the generation, that unloaded its heartsickness,  among the detonation’s mortars inside the cities, under the Taliban’s sword along the country’s highways and into the whales’ mouth at the emigration’s marsh.
Let’s come together to shout our sorrows in the streets of the pain and injustice capital; the Kabul city; At least for once.”.
Let’s go to streets, to say to the world, that we are human beings, we, as citizens, have some basic rights; that must be respected and observed, and you world! Stop helping the oppressors ,or help us to have our very basic rights.
Let’s go to the streets, to shout this, that we can’t and we don’t bear the discrimination, injustice and oppression, any more.
Let’s rush to the streets, to make others know, that we are united, as a nation, as  countrymen and women, and as Afghanistan’s citizens and kabul’s residents and will fight for our rights, until having them obtained.

image

A group of girls, protesting against the murder of 7 hazara people, 2015.

Let’s come together hand in hand, to illuminate the great Bamiyan and its great Buddhas, to eliminate the discrimination and injustice, and to make our country’s future brighter and shiny.

At least 150 people have been killed, who is responsible?

At least 150 people have been killed, in a suicide attack, today in the fifth district of the Kabul city. Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack was carried on a convoy of minibuses, carrying students of a miliatery college from Wardak province, to Kabul. Taliban has announced that two of his members have carried on the attack. One of them detonated his bomb near the buses, while students and civilian gathered there, the second bomb blast, remained at least 150 people dead, including civilians.

After this bloody attack, the question which rises in our mind is that, where is the officials, who are responsible for protecting the people? While the insecurity is in its highest level during last months, why they didn’t mind safe guarding the convoy? What does it mean carrying hundreds of a military college’s student, without caring about the security and protection of them?

When the officials of the government, are walking through the streets of the Kabul city, you would see that at least ten armored car following them. When they cross from a street, they give order to close the street for other citizens. When they move from their home to their office, those streets which end to their office are closed. They protect themselves.

And today, hundreds of military college’s students were moving from wardak (one of the most insecure provinces) to the Kabul, they were riding without any safeguard, two suicide bomber attacked their buses, 150 people including civilians have been killed, Taliban claimed the responsibility for this attack, so who is responsible?

 

FB_IMG_1467283271856

Today`s Attack.

 

The Real Face of Afghanistan

People around the world would be in this belief that, circumstances in Afghanistan have changed after 2001. 
They’d believe that, nowadays, after the collapse of the Taliban regime, fundamentalism and terrorism has been eliminated, the human rights are being reserved, women have got their rights -even they can be Minister, Afghanistan is not any more a (the most) dangerous place for children. And for all of these, they would praise the US policies and UN efforts. 
Though,They are not wrong, for they watch television showing, girls are going to school and playing football. They watch women are walking on the streets of Kabul city, without any burqa. They watch thousands of Afghanistan’s citizens, protesting against the government biased policies or Taliban’s attacks on civilian. They would think that, YES, Afghanistan is changed completely and now, there’s no oppression, no discrimination and no violence. But, these are all what they watch in the television’s screen. In other words, They see, what others want them to see. 
You can see the reality of the Afghan’s life, the real face of Afghanistan, in this picture taken by me while crossing the Kabul city’s street -Afghanistan’s capital, and this is NOT the only one.
Walking around the city, you would face hundreds of children barefooted, with weather-beaten faces and broken hearts, polishing shoes, washing cars or searching among garages for something to eat.
Walking on the streets of Kabul city, you would face girls being harassed, women being insulted, and human rights being harshly violated.
These are the reality, and the real face of Afghanistan, after 2001. 
Days are getting darker, and nights are getting colder, while the street kids, having not enough food and secure place, struggling to survive.

image

Street kids, maybe brother and sister, sitting next to each other, hand in hand.

Walking alongside the suicide bomber; it does not matter

Walking alongside the suicide bomber; it does not matter

Living with dangers, walking alongside the suicide bombers, being faced with a government which has problem with you, with your pen and your opinion, working for the well-being of the people, which some of them think that you do everything except helping them; In addition to the vary shortcomings of the news agency, for which you work. though, this is the real life a journalist/reporter and writer in this country, but I am very optimistic about all of these, as I think that I have many responsibilities in my country, and one of them is, reporting my people`s situation and raising their voice globally.

I believe that, I am able to help healing my people`s wounds, to proof this that my people as human beings have some basic rights and must be observed, to help the youth generation of my society achieve their goals, to work hard for my country`s girls and women get their rights, be respected in the society, attend to the schools and continue their academic life. Although, I myself am human, who has weakness and shortages, but I believe in my power, which are my voice as a reporter and my pen as writer and blogger.

 

FB_IMG_1450802360547

me at AIT`s Campus 

Rain

There are people who enjoy walking around, while it is raining.
Especially, in Kabul city. getting out of the house you would face few people in the streets, much of them are young people, wearing rainy coats, hand in hand with their friends or loved one.
They enjoy walking, as there are no other people in the streets to be bothered by. Those who are often in the streets of Kabul city, waiting for a gf-bf to bother. But in the rainy days, the bothering people are more lazy to get out of the house.
Today, it is raining, started by early morning and seems completely lovely. I am outside, walking along the street of western Kabul, listening to music, and enjoying of this cool weather in the late spring. The place where I am typing, there are few people, four pairs of gf-bf and two others, who seems likely to be students or lover or I don’t know…
They enjoy of these moments, there are no people who used to make joke of people like us. I think they are in their homes, tired of this raining. But we, the people who are tired of other days, now are enjoying.
And this the complete meaning of the life.FB_IMG_1451478382105