Living in Britain as an Afghan
My name is Homayra and I am from Afghanistan. I came to England when I was 5-years-old and have followed both the Afghan culture and British culture, which can be difficult sometimes. I am Muslim and try my best to follow my religion as well. However, I am not too religious and not too westernized. I am in between because I believe being strict on religion could be good but difficult to follow every rule. Being too westernized can bring shame in to the family as my people say. Just because I live away from Afghanistan, I am expected to follow the Afghan culture and tradition.
When I tell people where I am from, they get very surprised and the first question they ask is how I feel about my country constantly being in war. I give them an honest answer. It upsets me seeing my people who are innocent suffer so much. They ask if I would ever move back to Afghanistan. I say yes of course I would move back but when the war is over. Don’t get me wrong, I love London and its people but living in my own country is a different feeling, it is great, I am surrounded by my own people, who speak the same language, dress the same as me and most importantly I would know my culture and religion better because I will learn from people.