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Afghan girl’s hope for progress amid challenges

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati
Negin Rasta, Writer and Civil Society Activist.

Written By: Tabasum Nasiry

Despite the problems of insecurity and corruption in Afghanistan during the later years of the Republic system, some people think there was still a basis for social, cultural, and intercultural progress. This progress began when the system changed, even though it later faced many difficulties. Many people working toward these goals have left Afghanistan, but they haven’t given up on their dreams and are still working towards them.

Negin Rasta is one of the young Afghan girls who, following the rule of the Taliban administration, was forced to migrate to one of the European countries. She shares that since the age of 14, she had a strong passion for writing, and her dream was to create a book cafe and promote a reading culture in Afghanistan.

She is now 22 years old, and in a conversation with Khaama Press News Agency, Negin Rasta revealed that she had a deep passion for writing from a young age. Despite receiving no support, she pursued her studies independently and experimented with writing in the “romance genre.” She went on to publish her writings.

Negin, who has been seeking refuge in Germany with her family for the past two years, has experienced challenging days during her migration. She recalls those days as if they were a nightmare, with crowds gathered at the airport gate, all trying to find a way to escape. She and her family spent three nights by the airport gate in harsh conditions, with no place to sleep or sit. She vividly remembers how her body trembled during those moments, describing it as a true nightmare.

After her writings and various genres gained popularity on social media, Negin devoted herself to writing her first book during her two years in Germany, which is set to be published shortly.

Expressing concern about the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan, Negin emphasizes that everyone has a responsibility to raise their voices against the limitations faced by Afghan women and girls or to write about them. She studied literature at Herat University and has never given up on writing despite challenging circumstances. She hopes to write even more books if she receives support.

Most of Negin’s writings are related to girls in Afghanistan, child labour, and topics concerning gender inequality and women’s empowerment, which have been published.

Negin, one of thousands of Afghan girls forced to leave their country, considers having a book cafe in Afghanistan one of her biggest dreams. She says, “I wanted to promote a culture of reading through that avenue, but the current situation in Afghanistan is not conducive.”

This comes as increasing restrictions in Afghanistan have forced many girls to migrate from the country.

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