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Recent suicide Bombings happening in Afghanistan

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2013 by Superstitious Homayra
2 people injured in suicide bombing

2 people injured in suicide bombing

What I don’t understand is why would someone attach a bomb to his chest and stand in a busy street and blow himself up. Take dozens of innocent lives, someone’s mother, someone’s father on purpose and not even by accident. Nothing is being done about it and no one is stopping it not even President Karzai. Doesn’t he have a responsibility? Shouldn’t he be the one protecting Afghanistan and looking after its people? This is madness! I think he should stop blaming the Talibans and find out who is actually responsible for all these killings taking place. He is getting too soft. A few days ago, in Kunduz province in Northern Afghanistan, a crowd of people were watching a game of buzkashi; it is a traditional Afghan sport, where players on horseback use a heavy headless goat carcass instead of a ball. A man attached with a bomb, came into the stadium, blew himself up and killed several innocent fans and injured dozens. I don’t see this happening in other countries as much as it happens in Afghanistan.

President Karzai

In Kabul, six suicide bombers attacked a building belonging to Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security in Kabul, injuring 17 people which is outrages and unacceptable.
In my opinion, only a sick person who is mentally ill is capable of doing something like this.

Recently I found out that not only men blow themselves up on the streets, women do these things as well. Shocking.. I would think a woman would act like a lady and not get involved in such things!

A group of suicide bombers, a female with a few males, drove a minibus carrying passengers and explosives, blew themselves up which killed about 9 people, including flight crew members contracted with the United States. What is this world coming too? Why are people so thirsty for human blood? I sometimes get the feeling that some people are just not happy living a peaceful life. They want to see people around them suffering and even dying.

Afghanistan back in the days and how different it is now

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 13, 2013 by Superstitious Homayra
Beautiful Kabul around 1970

Kabul around 1970

King Mohammad Zahir Shah

  I looked through some old photographs which were taken in 1970s. I was amazed how different Afghanistan was then compared to how it is now. My country was a very modest place back then, majority of women didn’t wear headscarf, and they were all educated and stylish. They got married when they wanted, with whoever they wanted and even love marriage was acceptable then. There wasn’t any objection when it came to being treated equally with a man. Especially in Kabul, families were very open minded and the city was secured financially. This was when the Communist had power and King Mohammad Zahir Shah was the King at the time until he was brutally killed. He gave women freedom of speech and right to vote.

Ladies dressed modern

My mother always talks about the time she was young. She always says Afghanistan was a very peaceful and safe country. It had beautiful parks where every Friday she would go with my grandparents and have fun among themselves and with other families. She loved Fridays because they would do something fun on that day. My country had amazing tourist places and hotels. The life style was exactly the same as it is in Britain.

As soon as the war started with Russia, families become paranoid and insecure. Since then a lot of people died, a lot of kids lost their parents, their homes, left education and began working. I heard no one knew about drugs like heroin and crack before the war started. No one took drugs and now millions are drug addicts due to depression and it’s all because of the war. As soon as the war started, girls got married at the age of 12 to avoid kidnapping and rape. When I hear the stories, it makes me shiver. Most people hid at home, to hide from bombs and rockets. Just men went out, worked, earn money and their lives are in danger. However, I feel that the people are used to the war constantly taking place. I have heard and seen that they ignore it and get on with whatever they are doing. Some people find it something normal because they are used to the rockets and bombs taking place outside their yard. The war started before I was born and it is still on-going but with different countries and day by day the situation is getting worst. It is really upsetting, seeing my country falling apart and nothing is being done to prevent it from getting ruined even more. It just breaks my heart!

Women with her 2 daughters smoking opium

Women with her 2 daughters smoking opium

Kabul in 1970

Posted in Uncategorized on March 12, 2013 by Superstitious Homayra

Kabul in 1970

My visit to Kabul

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on March 5, 2013 by Superstitious Homayra
Map of Afghanistan

Map of Afghanistan

As soon as I stepped out of the plane, the strong sun was shining on my face, I felt sweat running down on the side of my cheek and the air smelt of heavy pollution. As the passengers went downstairs, they ran and sat on the floor, leaned down and kissed the dust. They had tears running down their cheeks and a smile on their lips. Later on when I asked my mother why people were kissing the floor, she said these people came Afghanistan after years and really missed it and wanted to show it by kissing the floor. It made them feel welcomed. I understood what she meant, I thought well I really missed my country but I was embarrassed to express my feelings in that way.

Kabul recently

It was extremely hot and sticky, the weather was around 45 degrees and I loved it because it isn’t like this in London. We only get hot weather sometimes, most of the time it’s either raining or it’s very windy and cold.

As soon as I stepped down the plane, I had to wear a long black scarf, cover my face and just show my eyes. My mum completely covered her face even her eyes weren’t showing and the reason for covering our face was because men looked and some even commented inappropriate words . The best way to avoid it is to cover up and not reveal anything and this is done by the majority of women. While being there, clothes I wear here I couldn’t wear over there because people dressed different there compared to here. I wasn’t allowed to wear my skinny jeans or tight dresses, and from here I brought clothes which were not fitted and were baggy to wear it there. I didn’t want to cover my face and I certainly didn’t want to wear baggy clothes but I had to follow the culture till I got back to London. If you dressed like people in Britain then some people would comment and say “oh she’s acting British already” and I thought I should blend in with them while I’m there.

A lady wearing a burqa to cover her face

 

As I looked around the place on my way home, I realised how much Kabul has changed. Majority of people are poor, families can’t afford to send their kids to school and the children have to beg instead of studying. Most houses were made of mud; some were on mountains and without electricity and water. I

Women begging on the street

thought to myself how did they carry water especially during winter but then later on i found out that some people with a bit of money had a donkey who would carry the water for them. Girls were uneducated, married in a young age, had to have lots of babies and serve her in laws for the rest of her live.
At that moment I felt grateful to live in a place like England where everything is available and easy to access. I can access water any time I want and my home is always warm during winter. I can study as much as I want. I have everything a girl my age in Afghanistan would die for.

child crying

An American Solider with a little child crying

Bacha Bazi

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 22, 2013 by Superstitious Homayra

Bacha Bazi (Play Boy)

Posted in Uncategorized on February 22, 2013 by Superstitious Homayra

An afghan boy

Afghanistan, an Islamic country that has been in war since January 1842, lost billions of lives, left majority of people homeless, uneducated and in pain has also been suffering from an endless disease for the past century which is called Boy play, known as ‘Bacha bazi’(Persian: بچه بازی) and in some places ‘bacha bereesh’ which means beardless boy. It was banned under the Taliban regime but has been brought back, particularly in Northern regions of Afghanistan, in the city of mazar-e-sharif, Paktia; it is a Shamali culture and common in Pashtun areas since the Taliban’s termination and attendant increase in certain freedoms.

Boys no younger than eight, usually good looking and attractive ones, who either are street orphans from the war or brought from poor families; are lured and snatched off the streets by pimps and pedophilia, and shared among powerful men and well-armed former commanders for entertainment and sexual activities. Who then train them to sing, dance and play different instrument. They are taught the skills that are useful to entertain parties made up of men only. The boys forced to dress in women’s clothes with jangling bells around their ankles, loads of makeup on their face and dance in a room filled with men. These parties are usually small and private so to be hidden. After the party is finished, the boy is shared among the men or sold to the highest bidder.

An Afghan boy dancing among men in a party

This culture filled with mistreatment, rape, brutality and murder. Boys traded like swipe cards amongst the rich and powerful and if they disobey their masters or try to escape then they are beaten or killed. The boys are called names, physically abused, passed around and shared with wealthy men. Hundreds of boys do not have a choice or say in this; they need to do this in order to make money and support their families. When they turn eighteen, some become masters themselves and practice the same performance on younger boys because they think they belong to the ‘Bacha bazi’ world and cannot leave. This distressing custom entangles Afghanistan’s most defenceless boys.

Najibullah Qurishi, a journalist who first exposed ‘Bacha bazi’ to the world in the documentary called ‘The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan’ on 20 April 2010. He secretly filmed and recorded a very alarming and disturbing conversation between two men who were talking about a night when a ‘beautiful’ boy laid in a van while the other men took turns having sex with him.

He explained how the boys are persuaded into the arrangement: “First the pimps select boys in the village and later on try to trick them into going with them.” He said, how some of the boys stay for money, they get monthly allowance, and in return comes whenever called and attends the party when told. He said all the pimps believe that it is a good thing and it is an Afghan culture. Pimps think in foreign countries, the women dance and in Afghanistan, just men dance, Afghans have their own dance, which does not exist anywhere else in the world.

An Afghan boy sick of his life, growing up with a pimp and perfoming ‘Bacha bazi’

When asked what he thought about the men he met behind this, he said, “What was so unnerving about the men I had met was not just their lack of concern for the damage their abuse was doing to the boys. It was also their casualness with which they operated and the pride with which they showed me their boys. They clearly believed that nothing they were doing was wrong.”

In Islam, sexual slavery, child prostitution and sex act with children is forbidden. It is illegal in Afghan criminal law and under Sharia law. However, it is complicated to enforce the law. Wealthy and powerful men have a lot of authority in Afghanistan. Afghan security and police military are not just ignoring this form of child trafficking; they may in fact be complicit in it. In fact, witnesses have seen uniformed Afghan police officers procuring young boys in hours of daylight. Many of the men who contribute in ‘Bacha bazi’ work for the Afghan government, including those who in public criticize the practice.

Nonetheless, even the Afghan authorities who are not actively participating in ‘Bacha bazi’ are refusing to mention the outlawed issue or arrest and prosecute those who commit ‘Bacha bazi’ because they are afraid of people behind all this.

Najibullah Qurishi said, “After the documentary of ‘The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan,’ some of the men featured in the video were arrested. However, within a few weeks they were all back on the streets practicing ‘Bacha bazi’ again.”

The involvement of the police force and inaction of the government means this type of child prostitution is common. The principle hypocrisy is shameful in a country where homosexuality is not only strictly prohibited but also savagely punished, even between two agreeable adults. However, men who seduce young boys are not considered paedophiles or homosexuals.

A few years ago when the Taliban executed a young boy as a spy, Ahmad Karzai, the president of Afghanistan said that these children are Afghanistan’s future. Children are the most vulnerable of all and need the protection and control of their parents. He called the act a crime against humanity and he said a 7-year-old boy could not be anything but a 7-year-old boy. Surely, similar prospect applies to young boys whose self-respect is taken by men in pursuit of power. Men who steal their future; their lives from them and leave them with grief.

‘Bacha bazi’ is a world where children are sex items, and it is a world where, often, the only break out is death.

Dancing boy of afghanistan performing in front of men

Living in Britain as an Afghan

Posted in Uncategorized on February 22, 2013 by Superstitious Homayra
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Afghanistan

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.

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