Walking in the Rain

Meena’s Note: In March 2009, the Afghan parliament and president signed a law concerning Shias, a minority that makes 15 percent of the population. This law permitted marital rape along with other laws violating basic human rights for women. For the first time in the history of Afghanistan, women poured on the streets of Kabul protesting the law and demanding their rights. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the demonstration.

Walking in the rain
Head up and straight

I could still hear our voices of
“equal rights for women”
I could still feel
the heat of our hands
holding together
I could still sense
the desire to fight

Walking in the rain
Head up and straight

I could still see
the glimpse of a girl with a sign:
“No Taliban Rule.”
I could still hear the calls of a girl:
“Enough is enough.”
I could still hear myself :
“It is the start of a new journey,
a new challenge and a new war.”

Walking in the rain
Head up and straight

By Meena

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