The Afghan city of Kunduz was seized by the Taliban this week. A hospital in Kunduz was bombed today during the US airstrike – Medecins Sans Frontieres says it gave the coordinates of hospital (hit by an airstrike that killed at least 19 people) to US forces several times.
Another 19 human beings and all their lives are now being reduced to collateral damage. Afghanistan, and all the other war-torn places can’t seem to leave my head…
Farzana Wahidy was born in Kandahar and moved to Kabul at the age of six. She attended school during the years of the Afghan civil war. After the Taliban came to power and prohibited the education of women, she secretly attended an underground school located in an apartment with three hundred other girls (it made me think of Nadia Anjuman and the Golden Needle Sewing School).
And Anjuman’s verses just keep on reappearing in front of my eyes, falling all around – sounds of shattered glass.
One day my thoughts, instead of a chill
will bring fireworks
One day my eyes will be wide open
in seeing the shrunken leaves of the ocean, they continue flowing
One day my hands will become weavers
and upon life’s wasteland of a body
spin a gown with wheat and flowers
But back to Wahidy now. When the Taliban were defeated Wahidy continued her education, completing high school then enrolling in a two-year program sponsored by AINA photojournalism Institute. In 2004 she began working part-time as a photojournalist for AFP becoming the first female Afghan photojournalist to work for an international wire service. She continues to freelance for a number of international news outlets.
These are some of the photos from her Afghan Women series.
/all photos © Farzana Wahidy/
I’d like to end this post with one more Afghan woman I admire and often think of – Setara from the Afghan Star. I don’t know where and how she is now, but I hope music still lifts heaviness from her heart and she still manages to look life in the eyes with a smile.
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For more on Farzana Wahidy and her work, visit her official website.
For more on Nadia Anjuman and her poetry, visit Circumference.