When in the dark evenings
The wind is blowing
And you are restless about your children,
You go to find out
Whether they are sleeping peacefully,
At that moment of night I want you to think about my children,
That they are under bombs
And they don’t have any shelter
And there are no mothers to look after them.
This poem was sent out to the world from one of the weekly poetry readings in Kabul, Kandahar, Herat, Mazar i Sharif, Kunduz, Jalalabad or any other city in Afghanistan. You can listen to 20 minutes of (translated) Afghan poetry via www.sawa-australia.org/videos.html.
APHEDA, in partnership with the Support Association for the Women of Afghanistan (SAWA-Australia) and the Afghanistan women’s organisation, Organization for Promoting Afghan Women’s Capabilities (OPAWC), supports a Vocational Training Centre for women in Kabul, where women and girls learn to read and write and are offered an opportunity to gain an income.