Why Afghan Women Risk Death to Write Poetry
Seamus Murphy/VII for The New York Times
Saheera Sharif, the founder of Mirman Baheer (upper center); Ogai Amail, a poet and member of the group (bottom left); also pictured are other members of the poets’ group.
This poem: You won’t allow me to go to school. I won’t become a doctor. Remember this: One day you will be sick was written by an eleven year old Afghan girl. The New York Times Magazine published a recent article about underground poetry written by Afghan women who resist the male dominance that is overwhelming is Afghanistan, and this poem, being among the many, was a small form of expression to depict their oppressed rights as females.
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These women are so brave.