As you all may know I am originally from Afghanistan. Here are a few photos of one of my many trips to Afghanistan. From the capital Kabul to Panjshjir, where my family is from. Afghanistan has always been portrayed in the media as one of the most dangerous countries in the world. These photos are just a small taste of how beautiful this country truly is and as a woman I was able to explore freely.
I think life is all about how you perceive people and what kind of energy you give off to the world.
People in Afghanistan were hospitable and oh so happy to see a woman from a different part of the world. I thought it was silly how they are in awe to see a woman smiling at them or being kind. It was as if they had never experienced such kindness. Giving off as much love as I could, it helped me heal. My visit to Afghanistan was more of a healing and endearing experience.
I hope one day you can experience a trip just like this.
you would realize that you’re lucky if you stopped looking at those who had money and started looking at those who are hungry
Every morning, I open my eyes, and inhale my first breath…and I say thank You for giving me one more day to prepare myself for death.
Madeline would rather go to school, but for two years she has been working. Every day she rows her wooden skiff out into Gaza’s heavily patrolled waters. Her father, a fisherman himself, was suddenly struck with palsy and cannot fish anymore. Since she is 16 years old and the eldest child, she has to assume the role of feeding her family.
Madeleine manages to make her way in a male-dominated world. In the Gaza strip, women rarely venture to the sea, even just to swim. Her Brothers Qaid and Karim, and her sister Rim help her when they are not at school.
- globally, 77,600,000 girls do not attend school
- there are 33,000,000 fewer girls than boys in primary education
- girls with secondary education are 6 times less likely to be married as children
- a girl with 7 years of schooling in the developing world will have 2.2 fewer children
- a child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5
- two thirds of the 775,000,000 illiterate adults, and 63% of illiterate youth, are female
- literate mothers are twice as likely to immunize their children and send them to school
- a girl who completes basic education is 3 times less likely to contract HIV
- a girl earns 20% more as an adult for every additional year of education she receives
- a nation’s GDP rises an average of 3% when 10% more its girls attend school
- less than 2% of international development funds are specifically allocated to girls
- school is not free in over 50 countries
photos: (1) malala yousafza before addressing the un; (2) joey l. of a school for the hamar tribe in ethiopia; (3) beawiharta in jakarta of students who risk life crossing a collpased bridge to get to school; (4) muhammed muheisen in pakistan; (5) altaf gadri of an unofficial school run for slum dwellers held under a bridge in new delhi; (6) paula bronstein of burmese refugees in thailand at a school in their refugee camp; (7) noah seelam in hyderabad, india; (8) per anders pettersson, uganda; (9) lana slezic in afghanistan; (10) roberto schmidt in afghanistan, where acid attacks and poisoning of water by the taliban is on the increase at schools for girls