The United Nation’s Humanitarian News and Information Service IRIN has a feature called “Hear our voices“, which publishes testimonials of “the many people caught up in crises of one kind or another who are often written about, filmed and discussed, but seldom have the opportunity to tell their stories to the world”. It presently features the stories of three Afghans:Qadi Gul, a mother of ten and the first person in her family to become literate:
At first, my husband did not let me go to the literacy course, because he thought a 40-year-old person was too old to learn. But I have found that many women are interested to join our class after they saw me write and count.
Llandana, a widow who has returned to Kabul with her seven children after ten years as a refugee in Peshawar:
The only thing which helps me not to be disappointed is that we are not the only family to have such problems. But what is disappointing is the increasing number of families coming to live in these ruins, which alarms [and indicates to] me that the situation is getting worse. You will not find a vacant ruin in these surroundings.
The final story is that of Khan Ali, a prisoner awaiting trial:
We are 59 people in one cell. Some of us have no beds. We have no basic facilities, no ambulance, no proper medicine nor health care. We are not provided with any means of vocational training or something to educate us here.