I deserved to go to school, but if I am a girl how could I?
So I wore my brother’s clothes and I cut my hair and walked like a boy when I was on the way to school
But some people began to wonder if I was a girl and I thought, am I in terrible trouble?
One day I was walking to school dressed in my brother’s clothes
A man told me to take off my hat so he could check if I am a boy
When he took my hat off, he said, “No. You are a girl, not a boy!”
Then people began coming with stones
They threw stones on me, because I am a girl not a boy
The stones hurt me and I cried. But I ran fast until I got to my home.
Today, I wear the uniform of my new school and I am proud of myself
I am no longer a girl who must dress as a boy to go to school
By Asma M., age 13
The writer was inspired by hearing the story of Shabana, her school SOLA’s founder, who as a young child during the Taliban era dressed as a boy so and her sister could leave the house and go to a secret school for girls.
Written for the Afghan Women's Writing Project (AWWP) Teenage Writers Workshop.
May 23, 2013 — 23 Comments