Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Mom and the Daughter

After the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, women's life quite changed. The rights of freedom and education were two main issues which gave them more hope for a better future. The new government considered women as a major element for developing the country, because they believe if we have educated mother and sisters in our families, they can grow sons with a culture of non-violence that can prevent the next generation from going into another war. A part of Afghan old tradition is the way women wear. Some of the women, especially in villages, they still wear " Bughra " to hide thier faces and mostly the whole body under it. I can say that there is no obligation on this and this is the women's choice. In towns, women especially in educated families do not wear "Bughra" any longer. This is a photo from a mom and her daughter sitting on a bench in a park in Herat city. The mom still is wearing Boghra but the daughter is not wearing that any longer.


  1. Today will be a long day in your country. I do hope it'll end without violence. I'm sorry, my bad English doesn't allow me to write all I'd want to... Amitiés from France.

  2. Let us hope the Taliban never regains power. All people will be better off.

  3. The photo and information about the "Bughra" is very interesting. I have wondered how it is for women regarding the Bughras. I hope it will be a peaceful election on August 20th!!

  4. That is a lovely photo with informative explanation. I also add my hope for a peaceful election.

    Andrea, Minnesota, USA

  5. Thank you for this information. I am extremely interested in the place of women in Afghan society (and how they are affected by the political changes).

    I hope the election goes smoothly and peacefully.

  6. Hi Aref,

    My name is James and I work for BBC News online.

    I enjoyed reading your blog. And I would very much like to hear from you again tomorrow - on election day.

    The BBC will be publishing messages from Afghan voters like you on our "Live Election" webpage. Here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/south_asia/afghanistan_pakistan/default.stm

    Would you like to send us a message tomorrow, after you vote?

    You could tell us… What was the atmosphere like at your voting station? How did you feel when you voted? What are your hopes for the future?

    Thanks for your help! I look forward to your email.

    Best wishes,


    James Morgan
    BBC News / Have Your Say
    Broadcast Journalist

  7. Hello Aref, bravo for writing this post. Women have started wearing bughras in France (we call that "burkas"). There are not a lot of them yet and I hope there won't be more. I'm not sure they do that voluntarily.

  8. Dear James,
    I am sorry for the late respond to your message. Actually I had gone to the village with my family and did not have access to internet. On voting day, it was very peacefully and there were not any major incident on that area. There were fear among the voters and the people becasue they were thinking the Taliban may attack or some explosion happen. I voted almost at the end of the day at 4 p.m. There were a line a people still waiting to vote even it was at the end of the day. I saw men and women coming to vote but there were two different seperate palces for men and women. It was very interesting to see the old men coming to vote. Some of them even were not able to read or write and were totally confused to whom they should vote but they came. Every thing went peacefully and this was unexpected because there were rumors of insecurity on the day of the elections.

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