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A chance conversation with a little Afghan girl

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A chance conversation with a little Afghan girl


I was on the way home when I chanced upon a gem of a little Afghan girl.

She was gathering leek next to a potato plot.

What’s your name?


I’m in the first grade and I go to school.

What are you doing now?

Huh? Now, I’m cutting leek.

Are you cooking it?

Cook it? Can’t be cooked.

It’s to be eaten ( fresh )

What else do you like?

I like red radishes.

Nothing else…

We have a garden too…

Where? Tekar..very good.

What’s in the garden?

Garden.. Apples…

What else? Pears…

Are fruits and vegetables good for health?


We’ve planted tree saplings and have apricots too..

in the garden…very good!

How much will you collect this evening?


How much leek will you collect?

I’ll collect a little…

Show it to me….

See, I’ve collected this much

Will take it home.

What else is happening here?


Peaceful? No worries?


Will you go to Tekar now?

I won’t go back to Tekar.

After some time, when autumn comes and the first snow falls, I’ll go.

My mum is at a summer residence.

I came here to be with Ahmad and a newborn of my sister.

Is your mother at a summer residence?

Yes, I’ve also got a father.

My father’s name is Abdul Ahmad.

My mother’s name is Chaini.

How many brothers do you have?

Brothers? None…

My mother gave birth to boys and they died.

No…By the Koran, they died.‎

No…died, died, died!

Born and died!‎

How many sisters do you have?

Sisters..Sabzina,Shirin,Zerghuna, Basida..‎

There was Bakhtai & another with an extra finger which got caught under a door…‎

Study hard in first grade school, ok?

I’m in the first grade!

Very good. Study hard ok? Ok.

What do you want to be in the future?


What do you want to be in the future?

Eh…a teacher.

I want to be a teacher.

Our teacher is a good teacher.

I should go. Yes.

Oh, my knife has fallen.

I’ll put it back.

My knife…can’t be ‘tied’

God protect you!

God protect you!


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